Journal Article

What Makes Christian Bioethics Christian? Bible, Story, and Communal Discernment

Allen Verhey

in Christian bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality

Published on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics Inc.

Volume 11, issue 3, pages 297-315
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1380-3603
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1744-4195 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803600500402341
What Makes Christian Bioethics Christian? Bible, Story, and Communal Discernment

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Scripture is somehow normative for any bioethic that would be Christian. There are problems, however, both with Scripture and with those who read Scripture. Methodological reflection is necessary. Scripture must be read humbly and in Christian community. It must be read not as a timeless code but as the story of God and of our lives. That story moves from creation to a new creation. At the center of the Christian story are the stories of Jesus of Nazareth as healer, preacher of good news to the poor, and sufferer. The story shapes character and conduct and enables communal discernment.

Keywords: scripture; Bible and bioethics; healing ministry; poor; suffering

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