Reframing the relevance of calvinism and the reformed tradition for 21st century bioethics

Jon C Tilburt, Katherine M. Humeniuk

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Many in academic bioethics worry that robust theological traditions, when articulated in the public square, damage the prospect of serious reflection about tough cases. Here we challenge that prevailing exclusion- by-default methodological impulse by correcting prevalent stereotypes about one particular Christian tradition that may offer relevant conceptual resources for bioethics. We briefly examine the man, John Calvin, and the Calvinist/Reformed Protestant tradition to show how it has been misconstrued in academic bioethics but can be reconstrued as a constructive, substantive theological starting point for tough bioethical questions of our age. Core Calvinist doctrines about the nature of an all-sovereign God and human beings' relation to that God, as well as related prominent themes from elements of the broader Reformed tradition, including the glory/sovereignty/majesty of God; the created goodness of the world; human beings as desiring/worshiping/image-bearing creatures; the pervasive influence of sin; the limitations of humanity for self-improvement; the completely gratuitous nature of redemption; the comprehensiveness of God's redemptive purposes; and the pending final completion of his redemptive work could and should influence the tone and content of moral deliberation that can be a positive influence on twenty-first-century bioethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbercbu009
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalChristian Bioethics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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  • Bioethics
  • Calvinism
  • Reformed

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  • Religious studies
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Reframing the relevance of calvinism and the reformed tradition for 21st century bioethics. / Tilburt, Jon C; Humeniuk, Katherine M.

In: Christian Bioethics, Vol. 20, No. 1, cbu009, 04.2014, p. 9-22.

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