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A Primer for Christians, Third Edition
PAPERBACK; Published: 1/6/2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6770-4
147 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9

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In language that is theologically informed, straightforward, and clear Bioethics discusses a wide range of pressing bioethical issues, including assisted reproduction, abortion, care for the dying, euthanasia, human experimentation, embryo research, and more.

This third edition of Gilbert Meilaender's primer in Christian bioethics retains the basic structure of the first two editions while updating information throughout. New to the third edition is a discussion of the need to protect Christian conscience in the practice of medicine. Bioethics continues to provide a much-needed discussion of how Christian vision and central Christian beliefs can shape our thinking about key issues in bioethics. It offers a perspective from which we can appreciate both the blessings and the limits of modern medicine.
First Things
"The Christian who simply wants to get a reliable handle on bioethics will find nothing better than this splendid little book. . . . It is seldom, and therefore all the more welcome, that one who is a master of his field takes the time to walk the nonspecialist through it. Meilaender does that without a hint of condescension, and with an easy style that will engage those who might otherwise be intimidated by his expertise. Highly recommended."
Publishers Weekly
"A thoughtful introduction to the ethical questions surrounding medical issues at the nexus of life and death."
"Meilaender gives his reasoning, carefully worked out from Christian writings, for each of his major conclusions. . . . Concise and definite, his primer does its duty well."
Journal of Christian Nursing
"This pithy little book offers a vision and wisdom rarely found in volumes many times its size."