Universal Health Care as a Human Right: The Argument of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
|Chapman, G. Clarke
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A new look at the highly relevant and impassioned issue of Universal Health Care. Bonhoeffer's writings offer a theological defence for the earthly conditions needed for human well-being. Implicitly that would include basic health care. Utilizing pertinent Bonhoeffer writings, the author offers us an unique perspective on the moral issues of human rights as it relates to health care for everyone.
“This book tackles the issue of health care as a universal right in keeping with human dignity and in tandem with the Gospel mandate to provide for the poorest and most destitute among a nation’s citizenry. Chapman’s text establishes health care, first of all, as a moral issue in the context of human rights.This is a book that brims with insight, inspiration and hope. Those working with diligence and faith to establish universal health care for all will find in Clarke Chapman’s book a valuable tool and encouragement to continue their efforts as they are led to see, in their quest for universal health care, a ministry that is faithful to the Gospel mandates of Jesus Christ and a source of hope and love for the neediest of this world’s peoples.”
Geffrey B. Kelly, Ph.D., S.T.D., LL.D.,
Professor of Systematic Theology,
La Salle University
“A fresh view of an issue (who deserves health care?)… It’s both an academic and emotional issue, which Chapman addresses very nicely. In arguing from both a biblical and theological perspectives, he succeeds – I believe – in reframing the issue in a most helpful way.”
-John W. Matthews,
Past President International Bonhoeffer Society
"The core thesis is that Bonhoeffer's compassionate caring for all (in the context of Nazi Germany's dehumanized society) shed light establishing health care as a moral and religious issue in the context of human rights, even though he did not engage specific policies for doing do. ... The analysis is extraordinarily amenable, there is a judicious use of pivotal literature, and the outcome presents a pastoral challenge that is soul deep."
Dr. Gerard Magill,
Table of Contents
Foreword: Prof. Geffrey B. Kelly
I. THE IMPASSE ON THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE
Why is Health Care a Moral Issue?
Why is Health Care a Religious Issue?
“Natural Rights” as an Evolving Term
Libertarian Shrinkage of Human Rights
II. PROGRESS IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
Two foundations for a Religious Argument
Catholicism and Human Rights
Protestantism and Divine Mandate
III. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: CATALYST FOR A FRESH START? ,BR>
A. Bonhoeffer and Human Rights
Ultimate and Penultimate, a God-centered Foundation
Rights and the Nature of Reality
Human Rights, as Implied in the Natural
The Natural, as Found in Bodily Life
B. Bonhoeffer and the Will of God
How Should Scripture Be Used?
How Is Christ Seen Through the Law?
C. Implementation Today of Healthcare Reforms
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