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Book and Media Reviews
September 27, 2006

Catholic Bioethics

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(12):1528-1533. doi:10.1001/jama.296.12.1531

Bioethics and theology have had a rocky relationship. While bioethics was born out of theological reflection, and its major practitioners were originally theologians, it quickly came to be dominated by philosophy and law and their practitioners. One of the consequences of this development is that religion and theology came to be marginalized. They were not welcome at the table of bioethics discourse, unless, of course, they used the language of philosophy and law. Many theologically trained bioethicists obliged (albeit not the authors of this volume). They traded their distinctive theological convictions and language for that of secular bioethics.