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Embryonic Stem Cell Research : Re-explored Considering Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Understanding of Human Life
Authorship Description
Fr. Dr. Shaji P. John.
Bibliographical Details xx, 221 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351482103
ISBN-13 9789351482109, 978-9351482109
Year of Publication 2017.
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The book is a study on the recent developments in the field of embryonic stem cell research, that is, the generation and manipulation/exploitation of human embryos for the research and therapeutic purposes and analyzes the issue in the light of the Orthodox theological understanding of human life. The objective of this study is to investigate the ethical problems of embryonic stem cell research from an Orthodox point of view. The book provides not a one side of the flow of argumentation, but shows, how important this issue is and how it can be possibly addressed from the Orthodox perspective.





1. Embryonic Stem Cell Research : An Overview

        1.1 Introduction

        1.2 Biotechnology

        1.3 Embryonic Stem Cell Research

        1.4 Conclusion

2. Ethical Issues in Embryonic Stem Cell Research

        2.1 Introduction

        2.2 Ethical Issues Related with the Beginning of Human Life

        2.3 Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Dignity

        2.4 Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Quality of Life

        2.5 Issues Related with the Purpose of the Creation of Embryo

        2.6 Conclusion

3. Human Life : An Orthodox Perspective

        3.1 Introduction

        3.2 Development of Orthodox Theology

        3.3 Orthodox Understanding of Human Life

        3.4 Procreation and Beginning of Human Life

        3.5 Human Being as the Image and Linkeness of God

        3.6 `Theosis' : The Ultimate Aim of Life

        3.7 Life as a Perpetual Growth : An Orthodox Understanding of Death

        3.8 Conclusion

4. Embryonic Stem Cell Research : An Orthodox Understanding

        4.1 Introduction

        4.2 Orthodox Church and Health Care

        4.3 Orthodox Understanding of Bioethics

        4.4 Orthodox View of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

        4.5 Conclusion

General Conclusion



Fr. Dr. Shaji P. John is a priest of Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church. He has earned his PhD in Psychology from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and PhD in Theology from Dharmaram Vidyakshetram, Bangalore. Currently he is serving as a faculty member of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur. He teaches different subjects on Pastoral Care, Counselling and Practical Theology. He is also a visiting professor of Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC), Kottayam, Kerala.

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