Original Research - Special Collection: New Testament and Bio-ethics

An appreciative contextual response to Jean-Pierre Wils, ‘Is there a future for “medical ethics”?’ Just Health as a public theological concern

Dion A. Forster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2122 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2122 | © 2016 Dion A. Forster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 March 2016 | Published: 02 December 2016

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Dion A. Forster, Faculty of Theology, Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


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Abstract

This article takes the form of an appreciative contextual response to the notion of ‘just health’ that is formulated in Jean-Pierre Wils’ article, ‘Is there a future for medical ethics?’ It approaches the notion of just health in the South African context from a public theological vantage point. The article addresses the issues of justice, care and the future of ‘medical ethics’ by adopting a position that seeks to constructively engage empire, economics and apathy in relation to just health in South Africa.


Keywords

Ethics; Medical ethics; Public Theology; Health; Justice; South Africa; HIV; AIDS; economics; Church

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