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The Public Debate on the Religiosity of the Public Debate of Bioethics in the USA

Author(s): Lehel Balogh

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 8;
Issue: 23;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Religiosity | Christian Bioethics | Secular/Religious Terminology | American Bioethical Discourse

Despite the fact that bioethics is, basically, an interdisciplinary scientific field, it is deeply intertwined with less objectivistic, yet important, threads of morality and religion. From the beginning, in the United States, the language of bioethics has been shaped by theologians and people who do not neglect the religious approaches of particular scientific issues. This paper examines the possibility of using religious and nonreligious terminologies in the bioethical discourse, paying close attention to the American bioethical debate. I shall argue that no democratic, pluralistic societies of today should favor only one jargon of a sole moral tradition, as this attitude leads to the discrimination of others that are also affected by such discourse. Mutual tolerance is the way that can provide a violence-free territory for the discussion about different value-based moral systems and traditions (such as Christianity and Islam or, in a broader perspective, religion and irreligious humanism).
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