Love in a time of Ebola: reflections on theology of medicine in resource-challenged environments

  • Andrew Sloane Morling College
Keywords: theology, theology of medicine, scarcity

Abstract

This paper presents a much needed (philosophical and) theological framework for the practice of Christian medicine in resource-challenged environments. While ‘health and healing’ are often seen as determining the nature and goals of medicine, I believe that this distorts our understanding and practice of medicine. Rather, medicine is about care: it is an expression of a community’s solidarity with people whose inherent vulnerability and finitude is exposed by the physical or psychological disruptions occasioned by disease, disability, or disaster; it aims to so care for them that their inherent worth as members of the human community is affirmed and that they are able to function well in community, where possible and to the best of our ability in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. This both requires costly service in contexts of scarcity, and informs the kind of care that ought to be provided to those in need.

Author Biography

Andrew Sloane, Morling College

Dr. Andrew Sloane, MBBS, BTh, DipMin, ThD is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought, and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Morling College, Australia

He initially trained as a medical doctor before moving into ministry and then theological education.  His academic interests include Old Testament and Biblical interpretation, philosophical theology, bioethics and epidemiology.  He has a new book with T&T Clark on philosophy and theology of medicine, entitled Vulnerability and Care.

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Published
2016-05-15