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Pastoral Aesthetics: A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics

Nathan Carlin


It is often said that bioethics as a field began in theology during the 1960s but that it became secular during subsequent decades, yielding to other disciplines and professions such as philosophy and law, because it was felt that a neutral language was needed to provide a common ground for guiding clinical practice and research protocols. This common ground was provided by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress in their The Principles of Biomedical Ethics—an approach that became known as principlist bioethics. Pastoral Aesthetics recovers a role for religion in bioethics by providing a new perspec ... More

Keywords: theology, bioethics, Paul Tillich, Tom Beauchamp, James Childress, Erik Erikson, pastoral care, images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190270148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190270148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Carlin, author
Assistant Professor, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston