Reclaiming the Body

Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine

By Joel James Shuman; Brian Volck
Brazos Press, Paperback, 9781587431272, 173pp.

Publication Date: February 2006

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We live in an age of incredible medical technology, and with it, a great emphasis on health and well-being. We fully entrust the care of our bodies to the medical profession, often taking its solutions and judgments as gospel. But what role, if any, should our Christian faith play in all this?
In "Reclaiming the Body, " a physician and a theologian take a critical look at some of the assumptions we draw from the medical profession and explore what theology has to say about medicine, our bodies, our health, and the Body of Christ. The authors deal with such issues as suffering, caring for the sick, children and reproductive technologies, medicine and the poor, our obsession with physical perfection, and death and dying.

About the Author
Author of The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine, and the Church, Joel James Shuman is Assistant Professor of Theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Keith G. Meador is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, and Professor of the
Practice of Pastoral Theology and Medicine and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.

Brian Volck is a pediatrician, husband, father, brother of John, gardener, speaker, and writer. His essays and reviews have appeared in IMAGE, The Other Journal, The Christian Century, and Health Affairs. FLESH BECOMES WORD (Dos Madres Press, 2013) is his first collection of poetry.
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