Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Christian Practice Of Everyday Life Series)
We live in an age of incredible medical technology, and with it, a great emphasis on health and well-being. We fully entrust the care of our bodies to the medical profession, often taking its solutions and judgments as gospel. But...
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We live in an age of incredible medical technology, and with it, a great emphasis on health and well-being. We fully entrust the care of our bodies to the medical profession, often taking its solutions and judgments as gospel. But what role, if any, should our Christian faith play in all this? In Reclaiming the Body, a physician and a theologian take a critical look at some of the assumptions we draw from the medical profession and explore what theology has to say about medicine, our bodies, our health, and the Body of Christ. The authors deal with such issues as suffering, caring for the sick, children and reproductive technologies, medicine and the poor, our obsession with physical perfection, and death and dying.
"In this remarkable book Brian Volck and Joel Shuman offer the wisest counsel we have received for how Christians can negotiate the world of modern medicine. This is not another diatribe against doctors or the medical establishment, but rather they write for Christians in the hope that we can come to use medicine as a form of service for the up-building of the body that is the church. Though the book is wonderfully accessible and hopefully will be read in congregations, anyone who has been engaged in the work of medical ethics and/or theology and medicine over the last thirty years will find this book makes a remarkable intellectual contribution to that enterprise. Drawing on an extraordinary range of literature both theological and literary, Volck and Shuman help us see the difference it might make for how we as Christians learn to live and die--for how our medical care of one another should be shaped. I simply cannot say enough good about this book."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School"Birth, life, and death. We pass through them all and encounter medicine in each. As we journey through the stages, Shuman and Volck invite us to reconceptualize medicine away from the individualistic, technocratic model of our culture to a truly theological reflection and response. Reclaiming the Body is lucid, creative, thoughtful, biblical, integrative, and a significant resource for practitioners and patients who call themselves Christian."--Dennis Hollinger, Evangelical School of Theology
Author of The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine, and the Church, Joel James Shuman is Assistant Professor of Theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Keith G. Meador is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, and Professor of theýPractice of Pastoral Theology and Medicine and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.ý
Joel Shuman (Ph.D., Duke University) teaches moral theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a frequent public speaker, the author of numerous articles about theology and medicine, and coauthor of Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity. Brian Volck, M.D., is a pediatrician. He teaches an elective on literature and medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his essays, narrative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such publications as DoubleTake, America, and St. Anthony Messenger.