What is Bioethics?
“We live in an age when scientific knowledge has provided human beings with an unprecedented ability to manipulate life and death. In the West there has been a cultural shift from a so-called Judeo-Christian consensus to fragmented secular assumptions about the nature of human life, community, and “reproduction” as well as the practice of medicine and scientific research. There is little doubt that these changes in science and culture have fueled the controversies surrounding abortion, physician-assisted suicide, genetic engineering, the patient-doctor relationship, reproductive technologies, cloning, and the allocation of health-care resources, to name just a few. Bioethics is the interdisciplinary study of these and other issues of life and health. It involves an attempt to discover normative guidelines built on sound moral foundations.”
- Dennis Hollinger and Francis J. Beckwith
foreward from Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Eerdmans, 2009)