In this Guide for the Perplexed, Agneta Sutton understands Bioethics in a wide sense which includes issues in medical ethics and questions concerning our relationship with animals, plants and, indeed, the whole planet Earth. The key question is that of the value of life. This, then, yields the questions of what respect we owe to human and other forms of life and of how we should care for the world in general.
These questions are approached from a Christian perspective and also from more strictly philosophical perspectives. Thus, arguments from a Christian perspective regarding our relationships with fellow humans, other creatures and the planet, are coupled with discussions of different kinds of argument and counter-argument.
Agneta Sutton is Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology at the University of Chichester and part-time lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, UK.
Chapter 1: The Remit of Bioethics and Two Different Approaches
Chapter 2: The Beginning of Life
Chapter 3: Respect for Human Life and Personhood
Chapter 4: Abortion: Quality versus Sanctity of Life
Chapter 5: Euthanasia: Quality versus Sanctity of Life
Chapter 6: Reproductive Technologies and Cloning
Chapter 7: Genetics, Eugenics and Instrumentalism
Chapter 8: Organ Transplantation, Hybrids, and Chimeras
Chapter 9: Adults and Children as Research Subject
Chapter 10: How to treat and not to treat Animals
Chapter 11: Ecology and the Guardians of Creation
Christian Bioethics by Agneta Sutton was published by Continuum in May 2008. The ISBN for Christian Bioethics is 9780567031969.