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Life history, sin, and disease.

Authors
  • Eibach, Ulrich
Type
Published Article
Journal
Christian bioethics
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2006
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
117–131
Identifiers
PMID: 16864130
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

On the basis of experiences in pastoral hospital care, the relationship between disease, sin, and guilt in the life of patients is explored. Against the disregard of this subject in medicine, and even in most of pastoral care, it is argued that patients' interest requires that their hidden or manifest questions be addressed, rather than their being exposed to efforts at "helping" through mere attempts at "debt clearance." Only by openly confronting sin and guilt can the patient be taken seriously in his role as subject of his disease. Theological and anthropological background considerations revealing the essence of sin as a disruption or even destruction of the Divine gift of life in its realization through a lived relationship to God and other humans are offered as evidence for this claim.

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