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Matters of life and death Human dilemmas in the light of the Christian faith

John Wyatt
IVP/ CMF 2009
£12.99 Pb 303pp
ISBN 978 1 84474 367 4

This substantially updated second edition examines ethical dilemmas at the beginning and end of life. Written by a Christian professor of ethics and perinatology, the philosophical, theological, legal and medical aspects of these issues are discussed in a real-world setting.

The book starts with reviews of well-known UK medical cases that have presented ethical challenges. The first chapter examines the contemporary worldview of humanness, society and medicine. The next presents biblical perspectives on humanness, suffering and redemption. Subsequent chapters scrutinise reproductive technology, biotechnology and stem cells, and include new sections on regenerative medicine and saviour siblings.

A historical perspective on abortion is presented, then the Christian understanding of personhood. Wyatt demonstrates how he brings Christ's love into his work in 'The dying baby'. Assisted dying and attempts to change UK legislation are then analysed. The book finishes with a challenge to the Christian doctor to be distinctive, and to be inspired by the biblical understanding of humanity's future.

This book excellently combines well-referenced philosophical and medical discussion with clear biblical exegesis. Wyatt's personal faith shines through and his clinical experience makes this book essential reading.

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