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Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and Bioethics

Ann Pederson

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0050

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and Bioethics

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For the last forty years or so, the dialogue between religion and science has wrestled with questions of meaning and purpose about human life. We wonder: Who are we? Where are we going? And why are we here? This article emphasizes ethical concerns and feminist insights. Everyone is embedded in multiple stories: familial, cultural, social, political, economic, and religious. People tell stories that are evolutionary and religious in their epic scale. Much of Christian theology has also reinforced this anthropocentric view that the natural world is valued only as a backdrop for humans on centre stage. The science-and-religion dialogue does not exist apart from the embodiment of its participants. In the end, the dialogue will make a difference only when and if it begins from the experiences of those on the margins and edges.

Keywords: life's purpose; anthropocentric view; Christian theology; science-and-religion; human life

Article.  6592 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Religious Studies

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