biomed final - The four essays used for this paper are The...

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The four essays used for this paper are The Case of Baby Rena by Guroian, Exousia: Healing with Authority in the Christian Tradition by Sulmasy, Thorn in the Flesh: A Christian Overview of the Ethics of Treatment by Mouw, and Reform and Rationing: Reflections on Health Care in Light of Catholic Social Teaching. These essays have one major common theme and it is the idea of individual relationships between persons and God. The first paper was written about euthanasia and allowing to die. It focused on a story of a helpless little girl, who was dying a very slow and painful death. The main conflict in the story was between the foster parents, whom wished for her to remain alive no matter what cost, and the doctors, who wanted to allow her to pass peacefully. This event leads moral ethicist to the question of whether it is permissible to allow an individual to die. Guroian battles this topic well. He adapts to the story and quotes phrases by medical personnel and the foster family. In these quotes he applies the Christian morals he possesses by presenting the case that for Baby Rena in a situation where life was painful and short lasting it was allowable in Christian beliefs to allow her to die. He confronts the parent’s view of faith and it being the reasoning for keeping Rena alive for as long as possible as the exact opposite of secularist views that would permit euthanasia. He states, “from the standpoint of the classical Christian understanding of life and death, both camps (referring to religious and nonreligious secularist) inappropriately devalue the world by presuming that God is absent from it.” Guroian’s views on the matter of preserving life are some that many Christian believers share. It is not un-Christian to allow a person, after serious deliberation, to pass away. In the second and third essays the main topic is physician-patient relationships. Both of the authors attack the issue in different ways, but some of the ideas of relating God and religion are very similar. The first of the two essays is Exousia by Sulmasy. In Sulmasy’s discourse on the doctor-patient relationship he does a great deal of expounding on authority and power between the two. He cites from two well known political philosophers, Hobbes and Locke, about the meaning of the words authority and power. It is not until he reaches the section on exousia that he truly delves into the
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RELIGION taught by Professor Lemasters during the Fall '05 term at McMurry.

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