Applied Christian Bioethics: Counseling on the Moral Edge

Greggo, Stephen P.
September 2010
Journal of Psychology & Christianity;Fall2010, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p252
Academic Journal
Biotechnological developments have brought critical moral decisions into the everyday lives of ordinary people. Christian bioethicists are increasing awareness of value conflicts embedded in health care but fastened to worldview. Yet, to who can earnest Christians turn for assistance in discerning direction in the midst of complex options and intense personal agendas? A service gap between the medical and pastoral is initially identified. Furthermore, mental health professionals (MHPs) are in a prime position to apply clinical skills to the process of uncovering wisdom. Through case scenarios, counselors will consider how to enter conversational territory that physicians and pastors may be reluctant or unable to breech. Counselors are equipped to listen to how the bioethical dilemma is heard inside a client's personal narrative and within the motivational grid flowing from a personality style. In conjunction with pastors and physicians, Christian counselors have much to contribute to those wrestling with decisions on the edge of morality. When helping professionals engage bioethical concerns, careful examination of one's role, function and code of ethics is required. The intent is to consider use of therapeutic process to explore - at the personal decision level - how to apply bio-technological advancements as acts of God honoring stewardship and affirmation of Christian identity.


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