Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine (Religion and the University)
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Dr Andrew Sloane is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Morling Theological College (affiliated with the Australian College of Theology and the University of Divinity), Australia. . His publications include articles in bioethics, philosophy, and the Old Testament; On Being a Christian in the Academy (2003); At Home in a Strange Land (2008). He studied medicine at the University of NSW and practiced br
"Highly recommended for those in caring professions" according to Phillip Marshall. Dr Sloane has tackled a complex area with insight, academic rigour, and the same compassion that he enjoins in his readers. It will be of great help to all who think about what medicine and caring for others entail, both those coming from highly developed medical systems and practitioners from resource limited places.
Little has been done, however, to engage with the underlying issues of the nature of medicine and its role in human community. The heart of the book consists of an articulation of a Christian understanding of medicine as both a scholarly and a social practice, articulating the philosophical-theological framework which informs this perspective. It then turns to issues in contemporary bioethics, demonstrating how the debate is rooted in conflicting visions of the nature of medicine (and so human existence). This leads to a discussion of some of the philosophical and theological resources currently available for those who would reflect 'Christianly' on medicine. The book closes by returning to the issues relating to the context of med
A major challenge to the standard Christian and secular understandings of the nature of medicine.” Denise Cooper-Clarke, Ethos Insitute, Australia“Andrew Sloane brings a rich double background to this provocative and much needed work on the philosophy of medicine. William James described philosophy as a particularly stubborn attempt to think clearly. Through a careful and engaging analysis of some current medical issues, contemporary bioethics and the relevant philosophical and theological literature, he convincingly justifies both claims. “Modern medicine is sick and the scandals that have made it so, have not been for