Culture of Life - Culture of Death
Luke Gormally (ed.)
There is a fundamental clash in contemporary society between, on the one hand, an orthodox Christian understanding of human dignity and of what is required of us if we are to respect and honour the dignity of every human being and, on the other hand, a secularist vision of human existence.
In his great Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, 'The Gospel of Life', Pope John Paul II identified as the practical expression of this clash the conflict between what he called the 'culture of life' and the 'culture of death'. The present volume explores the roots of the two cultures, contemporary manifestations of the culture of death and the culture of life, and the requirements for building a culture of life. There are contributions from historians, legal and political theorists, medical practitioners, pastors, philosophers and theologians.
The Culture of Death
The Culture of Life
1. Theology and the Culture of Life
2. Promoting the Culture of Life
3. Politics and the Culture of Life
4. Medicine, the Developing World and the Culture of Life
"The discussions are comprehensive, including abortion, euthanasia, biomedical research, different ideas of human dignity, and the moral responsibilities of politicians. A book that will be welcomed by students of the many facets of the pro-life cause."
"important papers ... on contemporary challenges in the fields of ethics and bioethics, where Christian principles conflict with the values of the prevailing secular society."
"The conference highlighted the clash of cultures in contemporary society, and showed why it remains important to understand and fight for the principles on which a civilised society was created, and on which its future existence depends."
"Altogether Culture of Life-Culture of Death is thoroughly to be recommended; but if you are a mere clinical practitioner you have some hard work ahead of you."
"At the beginning of the twenty-first century, many Catholics are concerned about the increasing immorality of ... secularised healthcare in Britain and elsewhere."
"Many issues and perspectives are involved, and all the contributions have their value."
"The whole book is a kind of duel, intellectual and practical, between the cultures of life and death. It really is the case that there is hardly a truth of Christian ethics which does not oppose in some way the presence of evil."
"This is a book full of rigour and inspiration, especially for those prone to neglect the element of struggle in Christian discipleship."
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