Religious Insistence on Medical Treatment: Christian Theology and Re‐Imagination

Hastings Center Report 26 (4):23-30 (1996)
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Families and surrogates sometimes use religious themes to justify their insistence on aggressive end‐of‐life care. Their hope that “God will work a miracle” can halt negotiations with health care professionals and lead to litigation. The possibility of “re‐imagining” religious themes, to broaden their scope and present a wider vision of the Christian tradition, may offer a solution.



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