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


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.


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


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