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  • M Taylor posted an update 1 month ago

    With COVID, abortion, genetics, and other health issues playing an important part in today’s culture, Christianity And Modern Medicine by Mark Foreman and Lindsay Leonard is a very timely read for anyone wanting to know about these issues from a decidedly Christian perspective. Written by two college instructors with a Christian worldview, the book helps the medical student, pastor, layperson, and others to better understand morality in today’s healthcare. Before diving into specific issues, the authors help the reader better understand the main content of the book by:

    – Summarizing the moral fog in today’s Western culture, particularly as it relates to healthcare.
    – Giving a clear definition of bioethics, defining four main areas of conflict in healthcare morality, and recent developments resulting in the need for bioethics.
    – Describing and listing the shortcomings of various ethical theories.
    – The authors’ framework and definition of 4 main principles for writing this book (respect for persons, beneficence, justice, and non-maleficence).

    Many things to like about this book:

    – While an academic title, the book is written so that various readers (medical students, pastors, laypeople) can understand the book’s content and authors’ viewpoints.
    – Covers several pertinent issues (abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, patient treatment, procreation, genetics) in today’s medical field.
    – The authors respectfully describe differing viewpoints about an issue without insulting those they differ with (the authors readily admit some will differ with their viewpoints).
    – Tactfully presenting a Christian worldview about an issue.
    – Good description of events leading up to the issue (i.e., Roe v. Wade and abortion).
    – Summary of appropriate law cases involving an issue.
    – Excellent description of moral arguments against a particular issue (why infanticide, abortion, etc. are wrong from a Christian worldview).
    – Very well organized – indeed, the book addresses many issues that can be very technical and the authors have done a great job helping readers better understand the issues in today’s bioethics in a clear and organized way.

    Excellent read, especially for the student going into the medical profession who wants to practice medicine and healthcare from a Christian point of view. Pastors and other religious professionals can also benefit should they have discussions with congregants and others having to deal with a particular healthcare issue. Highly recommended.

    I was given a review copy by Kregel Academic in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.