Where does life begin and end? What role does the individual have to play in his or her own fate? Are we ever morally entitled to make decisions on behalf of loved ones? What does faith have to tell us about the relationship between body and soul? At what moral cost do we extend life through technology? In a society governed by legal doctrines, can religious belief admit exceptions to the law? Innovations in science and medicine, combined with increasingly pluralistic communities, create interesting challenges to the legal and ethical spheres. Where religious tradition may illuminate some issues, it can also complicate them to the point of national and international debate. For thousands of years, religious traditions have provided insight into the ultimate questions of life for believers. Rather than minimize the role of faith in processing bioethical dilemmas, we should explore the complexities of various religious paradigms and the wisdom these systems of belief offer their believers. Read more here or here.
The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. It is designed to increase the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders. The Journal seeks to build an inter-religious community of scholars, in which people of different traditions learn from one another and work together for the common good.