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Theor Med Bioeth. 2013 Apr;34(2):133-45. doi: 10.1007/s11017-013-9244-6.

Religion and bioethics: toward an expanded understanding.

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Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-1311, USA. habrody@utmb.edu

Abstract

Before asking what U.S. bioethics might learn from a more comprehensive and more nuanced understanding of Islamic religion, history, and culture, a prior question is, how should bioethics think about religion? Two sets of commonly held assumptions impede further progress and insight. The first involves what "religion" means and how one should study it. The second is a prominent philosophical view of the role of religion in a diverse, democratic society. To move beyond these assumptions, it helps to view religion as lived experience as well as a body of doctrine and to see that religious differences and controversies should be welcomed in the public square of a diverse democratic society rather than merely tolerated.

PMID:
23504222
DOI:
10.1007/s11017-013-9244-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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