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The Sanctity of Human Life Hardcover – Sep 18 2007

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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown Univ Pr; 1 edition (Sept. 18 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589011767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589011762
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,753,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Novak's voice deserves to be heard. This meticulously researched book reveals that there are multiple ways of examining the thorny bioethical issues of modern time. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Readers who appreciate erudite arguments and rigorous scholarship will be interested in this book. The Catholic Register The scope of the book is breathtaking and thought-provoking... Novak offers refreshingly complex assessments of the interface among biology, society, and morality. Furthermore, the book's explicitly metaphysical orientation is suggestive. The Sanctity of Human Life engages multiple methods and powerful convictions about human life's emergence, its endurance, and its dissolution. From beginning to end, this is no small feat. American Journal of Bioethics [The] strength of this work is that it is written from the point of view of a Jewish theologian who is also a trained philosopher in the natural law tradition... [The] emphasis on drawing from philosophy, theology, and political theory is commendable indeed. Novak honestly and forthrightly speaks of how his theology informs his ethics. Christian Apologetics Journal

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David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as professor of the study of religion and professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. In 2006 he was appointed as a member of the Canada Assisted Reproduction Agency.

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David Novak is one of the premiere Jewish scholars of this generation. And this book shows why. Combining a thoroughgoing knowldege of traditional sources along with a deep comprehension of philosophy and theology, Dr. Novak brings his erudition to the task of illuminatiing one of the most important issues of our day: the sanctity of human life. Tackling three topics under this general heading, namely, stem cell research, socialized medicine, and physician-assisted suicide, Dr. Novak shows how each issue requires separate and careful treatment. His opinions will challenge ideologues on both the right and the left on the political/religious spectrum. But his allegiance is to the sources, not to an ideological consistency. Perhaps more than anything else, Dr. Novak takes pains to demonstrate how what some consider exclusively religious matters actually have a legitimate place in the public square.
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