Bioethical issues are rarely out of view in Western societies. New developments in areas such as human embryology continually raise new ethical questions, while more familiar issues frequently reappear in public debate. These are issues of central concern for Christians and for a wider public, because they raise questions about the value of life, the meaning of suffering and death and humanity’s place in the natural world.
In Respecting Life Neil Messer, a leading author on theology and bioethics who has also worked in biomedical research, develops a Reformed Protestant theological approach to bioethics and argues that this approach allows a critical and constructive engagement with public debates beyond the walls of the churches. He offers theological treatments of a range of bioethical issues, including assisted dying, healthcare rationing, human cloning, human stem cell research and human-animal hybrid embryos
'Unlike most books published in the field of bioethics, Neil Messer's book is written from a theological perspective ... His approach is refreshing ... constitut[ing] an important contribution to the current bioethics debate ... Giving us a good example of how to partake in the bioethics debate in a manner that reflects the gospel, Messer has produced an inspiring example of how to do bioethics as a theologian ... I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in listening to a theological voice in the current bioethics debate.' -- Agneta Sutton * Book Reviews *