The Sacred Gift of Life: Orthodox Christianity and Bioethics

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St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 288 pages
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This work provides an evaluation of bioethical issues from the perspective of Scripture and Orthodox tradition. Beginning with a discussion of present-day bioethical dilemmas, it provides an overview of major theological themes that condition any Orthodox response to issues involving creation and termination of human life. The following chapters then take up questions concerning the meaning of sexuality and the morality of various forms of sexual behaviour; the question when does human life being?; a moral assessment, from an Orthodox perspective, of procedures such as abortion, in vitro fertilization and genetic engineering (including human cloning); and end of life issues, including the meaning of suffering, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and care for the terminally ill.

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The Very Rev. John Breck was Professor of New Testament and Ethics at St. Vladimir's Seminary from 1984 to 1996. He is presently Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Ethics at St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, France, and codirects the St. Silouan Retreat near Charleston, SC.

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