Skip to main content

GOD, DISEASE, AND SPIRITUAL DILEMMAS: READING THE LIVES OF WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Abstract.

To write about the disease of breast cancer from both scientific and spiritual perspectives is to reflect upon our genetic and spiritual ancestry. We examine the issues involved in breast cancer at the intersections of spirituality, technology, and science, using the fundamental thing we know about being human: our bodies. Our goal in this essay is to offer close readings of women's spiritual and bodily journeys through the disease of breast cancer. We have discovered that both illness and health come within the stories of particular people and particular disciplines. And to learn more about breast cancer, both scientific and spiritual aspects, one must be attentive to such particularities. Medicine and religion are bodily experiences, and being a body-self is what it means to be human.

Keywords: ancestry; biotechnology; body-self; breast cancer; genes; medical science; religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.00987.x

Affiliations: 1: Master of Divinity student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. 2: Professor of Religion at Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Section of Ethics and Humanities at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Publication date: 2009-03-01

  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more