Loving God and the Neighbor

Aana Marie Vigen

in Prevention vs. Treatment

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837373
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919499 | DOI:
Loving God and the Neighbor

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This chapter explores a theological and ethical framework rooted in Protestant Christian thought that may be helpful in discerning appropriate and just allocations of preventive and curative resources. Specifically, it makes the case that a holistic understanding of health and healing, a confrontation with human limits and morality, and strong attention to the needs of the most disregarded in a given society out of a call to love God and neighbor are all integral themes that can help assess the adequacy of any public policy proposal. This framework does not favor any specific formula for allocation, however, but makes the case that such decisions need to be worked out in specific contexts. In particular, it contrasts health/healthcare realities for the relatively affluent in the U.S. or around the globe with those in impoverished, and often neglected, settings to show how differing and dynamic combinations of prevention vs. treatment are needed.

Keywords: Protestantism; holistic understanding; human limits; morality; public policy; allocation; Unites States; poverty

Chapter.  11866 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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