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by Nathan Carlin, Ph.D.

When I began reading in the history of bioethics, I was struck by the fact that many of the founders of bioethics had theological degrees, which led to a common way of articulating the origins of the field: “Bioethics began in theology, but quickly secularized.” There are debates about how this happened. Yet in recent years a renewed interest in religion and bioethics has emerged. The University of Chicago’s Program on Religion and Medicine is one such example.

Because I am a pastoral theologian, I also was struck by the fact that pastoral theologians have not contributed to bioethics in any meaningful way.…

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