Religion and Biopolitics

  • Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann
  • Ulrich Willems

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Catholic-Latin States with Low Level or Little Religious Pluralism

  4. Protestant(-English) States with High or Moderate Level Religious Pluralism

  5. Protestant(-Scandinavian) States with Low Level Religious Pluralism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Göran Hermerén, Mats Johansson
      Pages 213-224
    3. Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann, Massimiliano Passerini
      Pages 225-254
  6. Mixed-Confession States with High Level Religious Pluralism

About this book


Given the profound moral-ethical controversies regarding the use of new biotechnologies in medical research and treatment, such as embryonic research and cloning, this book sheds new light on the role of religious organizations and actors in influencing the bio-political debates and decision-making processes. Further, it analyzes the ways in which religious traditions and actors formulate their bio-ethical positions and which rationales they use to validate their positions. 

The book offers a range of case studies on fourteen Western democracies, highlighting the bio-ethical and political debates over human stem cell research, therapeutic and reproductive cloning, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The contributing authors illustrate the ways in which national political landscapes and actors from diverse and often fragmented moral communities with widely varying moral stances, premises and commitments formulate their bio-ethical positions and seek to influence political decisions. 


Religion and politics Political philosophy Bioethics Biotechnologies Embryo research Therapeutic and reproductive cloning Preimplantation genetic diagnosis Sociology of religion Stem cell research Biopolitics Political decision making Political regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann
    • 1
  • Ulrich Willems
    • 2
  1. 1.Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”University of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Political ScienceUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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