Setting medicine in the context of a faithful Christian life
Christianity is not confined to a box. It is not private as opposed to public, personal as opposed to professional. Our Lord has called each of us, and all of us together, to be his witnesses "to the ends of the earth." The evidence of his salvation should permeate all aspects of our corporate and individual lives, including the ways we make use of and practice medicine. But what exactly does that look like? The various authors in this issue emphasize different dimensions of what it would look like to set medicine within the context of a faithful Christian life. Hauerwas and McKenny emphasize the need for a shared vocabulary. Verhey and Kinghorn point out the need for God's grace to live with an eschatological outlook. Shuman emphasizes the need for Christian community, Sulmasy the posture of receiving Christ in the sick, and Curlin a Kierkegaardian irony. Throughout, the essays provide resources Christians might draw on to renew their efforts to become more fully the patients and health practitioners they are called to be.
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