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J Med Ethics. 2003 Feb;29(1):8-9.

Confidentiality and its limits: some contributions from Christianity.

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  • 1Faculty of Arts & Divinity, University of Aberdeen, UK. i.r.torrance@abdn.ac.uk

Abstract

The issue is whether Christianity, of its nature, would seek to prevent a justifiable breach of confidentiality or could endorse it, under certain circumstances, as the act which is fundamentally more loving or more truthful. The individualistic nature of Western Christianity is noted. The Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is used to show Christian support for dynamic rather than literal truth telling, and for awareness of the contexts and power relations within which persons stand.

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