In the World but Not of It: Managing the Conflict Between Christian and Institution
Smith, Allyne L.
Christian Bioethics. 1997 Mar; 3(1): 74-84.
Christian physicians, nurses and other health care workers must manage a daily conflict of conscience between their Christian faith and predominantly secular health care institutions. This essay examines various efforts for managing these conflicts: a turn towards social justice or a seeking of holiness. Seeking social justice, however, is theologically empty. Traditionally, the Christian requirement that we be "in this world but not of it" requires a journey along a narrow path to holiness. Christian medical morality must, therefore, be understood within this light. However, just as there cannot be generic health care, but rather health care for a particular person's needs and problems there cannot be generic holiness, but only a holiness grounded in worshiping God rightly. In so worshiping the Christian will be assisted in negotiating the inescapable and perilous vocation of being in the world but not of it.
Christian Ethics; Conscience; Cultural Pluralism; Ethics; Goals; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Facilities; Health Personnel; Justice; Managed Care Programs; Morality; Managed Care; Negotiating; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurses; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Religion; Roman Catholic Ethics; Secularism; Terminology; Values; Virtues;
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