About the need of theological approach to ethical issues in biomedicine and biomedical technologies

Dmitry Viktorovich Mikhel,
Oleg Nickolaevich Reznik
Doctor of Philosophy, professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Vernadskogo pr. 82, Moscow, Russia, 119571) Leading research fellow, Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Leninsky pr. 32a, Moscow, Russia, 119334)
Doctor of Medicine, professor First St. Petersburg State Medical University (L’va Tolstogo ulitsa, 6–8, St. Petersburg, Russia,197022) St. Petersburg Research Institute of Emergency Medicine (Budapeshtskaya ulitsa, 3, St. Petersburg, Russia, 192242)

Mikhel D. V., Reznik O. N. About the need of theological approach to ethical issues in biomedicine and biomedical technologies, Religiya. Tserkov’. Obshchestvo. Issledovaniya i publikatsii po teologii i religii [Religion. Church. Society: Research and publications in the field of theology and religious studies], Saint-Petersburg, 2022, vol. 11, pp. 46–79.

doi: 10.24412/2308-0698-2022-11-46-78

Language: Russian

Domestic and foreign experience in the development of biomedicine shows that the practice of using blood, organs and tissues of some people to save others has a long and complicated history, which is invariably accompanied by serious moral questions and the search for ethically acceptable forms of regulation. The emergence of cellular technology and regenerative medicine has once again raised the question of the socially acceptable way of developing this promising field of biomedicine. Is it acceptable for further biomedical progress to use embryonic tissues from which valuable cellular preparations can be derived? Drafting laws regulating we must appeal to the values of Christian morality and the potential of theological knowledge, which returns public consciousness to the higher meanings lost in the previous period of development of Russian society. This is especially relevant for the system of higher secular education, and especially medical education, which in the post-Soviet period of its history has been at the mercy of utilitarianism and other forms of secular ethics.

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Key words: stem cells, human embryos, Christian morality, theology, education

URL: http://rcs-almanac.ru/en/en-michel-reznik-2022/

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