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Reclaiming the body : Christians and the faithful use of modern medicine

Author: Joel James Shuman; Brian Volck
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, ©2006.
Series: Christian practice of everyday life.
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In our age of advanced medical technology that emphasizes health and well being, the human body has become the near-exclusive province of the professional health care industry. The solutions it proposes and the judgments it pronounces are taken as gospel. As Christians however, we are called to view all of life, including medicine, through the lens of faith. In Reclaiming the Body, a physician and a theologian take  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel James Shuman; Brian Volck
ISBN: 1587431270 9781587431272
OCLC Number: 61228607
Description: 173 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Doctors and Christians --
Naming the power of medicine --
Life as a body --
The shape of what's given --
What are children for? --
A body without borders --
Perfection money can't buy --
Frailty and grief, overcome by hope and love.
Series Title: Christian practice of everyday life.
Responsibility: Joel Shuman and Brian Volck.
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In our age of advanced medical technology that emphasizes health and well being, the human body has become the near-exclusive province of the professional health care industry. The solutions it proposes and the judgments it pronounces are taken as gospel. As Christians however, we are called to view all of life, including medicine, through the lens of faith. In Reclaiming the Body, a physician and a theologian take a critical look at some common assumptions and explore what theology has to say about medicine, our bodies, and our health. This is not a Christian treatise on medical ethics nor a book with a medicine-bashing agenda. Rather, Reclaiming the Body invites the reader to a theological and ecclesiological reflection on both the human body and the Christian body in an effort to reframe the relationship between Christian faith and medicine. Along the way, the authors discuss contemporary issues such as what it means to fully care for the sick, children and reproductive technologies, medicine and the poor, and our obsession with and pursuit of physical perfection.

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