Bioethics and the Spirit of Secularism

  • Courtney S. Campbell
Part of the Theology and Medicine book series (THAM, volume 8)


Bioethics emerged in the mid-1960s and early 1970s as an interdisciplinary field of study for a variety of reasons. One central cause was the development of new medical technologies that could create, sustain, and prolong life; biomedicine during this era was often criticized for “playing God”, but it nonetheless is the case that the new technologies of genetics, organ transplantation, and reproduction, among others, collectively confronted human beings with responsibilities that historically have been attributed to the deity in western religious traditions. The necessary research and subsequent application of these technologies forced society to address and distinguish between moral and technological imperatives.


Pluralistic Society Faith Tradition Protestant Work Ethic Religious Discourse Religious Perspective 
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