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Salvation and Health: Why Medicine Needs the Church

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While it is not unheard of for a theologian to begin an essay with a text from scripture, it is relatively rare, especially for those who turn their attention to issues of medicine. However, I begin with a text, as almost everything I have to say is but a commentary on this passage from Job 2:11–13:

Now when Job’s friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, then came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Na’amathite. They made an appointment together to come condole with him and comfort him. And when they saw him from afar, they did not recognize him; and they raised their voices and wept; and they rent their robes and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

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  • Medical Ethic
  • Ethical Reflection
  • Religious Conviction
  • Faith Tradition
  • Christian Ethic

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Hauerwas, S. (1985). Salvation and Health: Why Medicine Needs the Church. In: Shelp, E.E. (eds) Theology and Bioethics. Philosophy and Medicine, vol 20. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-7723-6_13

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