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Author Jones, David Albert.

Title The soul of the embryo : an enquiry into the status of the human embryo in the Christian tradition / David Albert Jones.

Publication Info. London ; New York : Continuum, [2004]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  241.66 J76S    Check Shelf
Description v, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-261) and indexes.
Contents Moulded in the earth : the embryo in the Hebrew scriptures : creation, providence, calling -- Curdled like cheese : ancient embryology, Hippocrates and Aristotle -- Discarded children : exposure, infanticide and abortion in ancient Greece and Rome -- Grieving in Ramah : Jewish attitudes to infanticide and abortion -- Medicinal penalties : early Christianity and abortion : Celtic/Anglo-Saxon penances, Greek/Latin canons -- Soul talk : soul as the principle of life, body and soul, the spiritual soul -- Whence the soul? : the church fathers on the origin of the soul : pre-existence, traducianism, creationism -- The timing of ensoulment : immediate and delayed animation from the fathers to Thomas Aquinas
The embryonic Christ : the conception of Jesus : Chalcedon, Maximus the Confessor on the embryo -- Imputed dignity : Luther, Calvin and Barth : from essential to relational categories -- Embryology through the looking-glass : ovists and animalcultists, preformation, epigenesis, embryology and ensoulment -- Probable sins and indirect exceptions : casuistry, therapeutic abortion, probabilism, application to the embryo -- The justice of miscarriage : abortion law from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century -- The embryo in isolation : in vitro fertilization, personhood, identical twins, stem cell research -- The least of these little ones : the theological status of the embryo.
Summary Contemporary ethical debates about the status of the human embryo involve not only philosophical concerns, but specifically religious arguments. This is a systematic work on the history of Christian reflection on the human embryo.
Subject Human embryo -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Human reproduction -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Human reproduction -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Embryology, Human -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Embryology, Human -- Religious aspects.
ISBN 0826462960
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