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Zur Genealogie jüngerer bioethischer Stellungnahmen der EKD

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The article reconstructs the course of contemporary bioethical opinions issued by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). According to the applied method of “affirmative genealogy” (H. Joas) a clear shift has turned out from 2002 to 2008: from a preferential pro-life approach to a more comprehensive approach of offering space for controversies, of taking the difference between law and ethics more seriously and of amplifying equity in bioethical decision making processes. The “affirmative genealogy” of EKD's bioethical opinions is embedded in general considerations on the peculiarity of bioethical debates and in those on expectations the churches have to meet if they are willing to take part in these discussions. Against the background of the presented genealogy conclusions will be drawn on a recent EKD-opinion on PGD-regulation.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1628/004435412802644058

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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  • Founded in 1891. The Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) is a scholarly journal devoted to all areas of theological research and the teachings of the church. Contributions from all disciplines within theology concentrate in depth on major issues in theological reflection and Christian practice. They are addressed to students, teachers, clergy and members of the academic profession who wish to participate in contemporary theological debate and to remain abreast of current development.

    Language: German

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