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From the profane to the sacred: why we need to retrieve Christian bioethics.

Authors
  • Capaldi, Nicholas
Type
Published Article
Journal
Christian bioethics
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1995
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
65–83
Identifiers
PMID: 11652928
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Christianity has been crucial in the conceptualization and articulation of the moral framework of the Western tradition. The social sciences, including ethics, were modeled on physical science. However, the Enlightenment project inculcated a metaphysics and an epistemology that reduced the subject to an object and thus undermined the conditions of freedom, agency and an accessible cosmic order; all of which are essential to morality. Competing value claims were shunted into a political context for resolution, but the politicalized morality itself requires a framework for evaluating resolutions. While neither the Enlightenment nor post-modernism can provide such a framework, Christian tradition can, in fact, provide just such a framework and response.

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