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We are often asked to make recommendations of books that would help an individual to quickly access the basic issues of bioethics. These books are some of our top recommendations, particularly for those looking for Christian introductory material. Each of these books reflects a Christian perspective or a viewpoint consistent with a Judeo-Christian worldview and committed to the wealth of the Hippocratic tradition in medicine. For more detailed bibliographies on the wide range of bioethical issues, please visit www.cbhd.org/resources.

General Bioethics

  • Beckwith, Francis, and Norman L. Geisler. Matters of Life and Death. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991.
  • Cameron, Nigel M. de S., Scott E. Daniels, and Barbara J. White. Bioengagement: Making a Christian Difference through Bioethics Study. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • Cameron, Nigel M. de S.The New Medicine. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1992.
  • Charles, J. Daryl. Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Kilner, John F.; Nigel M. de S. Cameron; and David L. Schiedermayer (eds.). Bioethics and the Future of Medicine: A Christian Appraisal. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Kilner, John F. and C. Ben Mitchell. Does God Need Our Help? Cloning, Assisted Suicide, and Other Challenges in Bioethics. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 2003.
  • Rae, Scott B. and Paul M. Cox. Bioethics: A Christian Approach in a Pluralistic Age. Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Meilaender, Gilbert. Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Tada, Joni Eareckson, and Nigel M. De S. Cameron. How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.

 

Beginning of Life

  • Beckwith, Francis. Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • George, Robert P. and Christopher Tollefsen. Embryo: A Defense of Human Life. Doubleday, 2008.
  • Hui, Edwin. At the Beginning of Life: Dilemmas in Theological Bioethics. InterVarsity, 2002.
  • Jones, David A. The Soul of the Embryo: An Enquiry into the Status of the Human Embryo in the Christian Tradition. Continuum, 2004.

 

End of Life

  • Dyck, Arthur J.  Life’s Worth: The Case Against Assisted Suicide. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Kilner, John F.; Arlene B. Miller; and Edmund D. Pellegrino (eds.). Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; and Carlisle, United Kingdom: Paternoster Press; 1996.
  • Kilner, John F. and C. Ben Mitchell. Does God Need Our Help? Cloning, Assisted Suicide, and Other Challenges in Bioethics. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 2003.
  • Kilner, John F. Life on the Line: Ethics, Aging, Ending Patients Lives and Allocating Vital Resources. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.
  • Mitchell, C. Ben, Robert D. Orr, Susan A. Salladay (eds.). Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Stewart, Gary P. et al. Basic Questions on End of Life Decisions: How Do We Know What's Right? Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998.
  • Stewart, Gary P. et al. Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia: Are They Ever Right? BioBasics Series. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998.

 

Healthcare & Medicine

  • Kilner, John F., Robert D. Orr, and Judith Allen Shelly, eds. The Changing Face of Health Care: A Christian Appraisal of Managed Care, Resource Allocation, and Patient-caregiver Relationships. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • O'Mathuna, Donal P., Samuel D. Hensley, Mary, B. Adam, John F. Kilner, Robert D. Orr, and Gary P. Stewart. Basic Questions on Healthcare: What Should Good Care Include? BioBasics Series. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004.
  • Orr, Robert D. Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor: A Handbook for Clergy and Health-Care Professionals. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Pellegrino, Edmund D., and David C. Thomasma. The Christian Virtues in Medical Practice. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 1996.
  • Stewart, Gary P., William R. Cutrer, Timothy J. Demy, et al. Basic Questions on Alternative Medicine: What is Good and What is Not? BioBasics Series. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998.

 

Infertility & Reproduction

  • Kilner, John F., Paige C. Cunningham, and W. David Hager (eds.). The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • Rae, Scott B. Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.
  • Stewart, Gary P., William R. Cutrer, Timothy J. Demy, et al. Basic Questions on Reproductive Technology: When Is It Right to Intervene? Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998.
  • Waters, Brent. Reproductive Technology: Towards a Theology of Procreative Stewardship. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2001.

 

Science & Technology

  • Bevington, Linda K., Ray G. Bohlin, Gary P. Stewart, et al.Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning: Are These Technologies Okay to Use?. Kregel, 2002.
  • Colson, Charles W., and Nigel M. De S. Cameron. Human Dignity in the Biotech Century: A Christian Vision for Public Policy. Downers Grove: IVP, 2004.
  • Kilner, John F., C. Christopher Hook, and Dian B. Uustal. Cutting Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Kilner, John F. and C. Ben Mitchell. Does God Need Our Help? Cloning, Assisted Suicide, and Other Challenges in Bioethics. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 2003.
  • Kilner, John F., Rebecca D. Pentz, and Frank E. Young, eds. Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
  • Mitchell, C. Ben, Edmund D. Pellegrino, Jean Bethke Elshtain, et al.  Biotechnology and the Human Good. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.

 

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