PHI 413V Ethical and Spiritual Decision Making in Health Care
PHI 413V Topic 1
Assignment, Personal Worldview Inventory
Discussion Question 1: The ethos of scientism and postmodernism has exacerbated the perceived philosophical and cultural tension between science and religion. What is your perception of this tension? Use the lecture and the topic readings to support your response.
Discussion Question 2: What aspects of the topic readings do you find the most interesting? What is your view of the analysis of disease and healing in the readings? Explain.
PHI 413V Topic 2
Assignment, Case Study on Moral Status – Fetal Abnormality
Discussion Question 1: What is the Christian concept of the imago dei? How might it be important to healthcare, and why is it relevant?
Discussion Question 2: As you reflect on Meilaender’s readings, what is his distinction between procreation and reproduction, as well as that of being begotten versus being made? Do you agree with his description? Why or why not?
PHI 413V Topic 3
Discussion Question 1: Principalism, especially in the context of bioethics in the United States, has often been critiqued for raising the principle of autonomy to the highest place, such that it trumps all other principles or values. How would you rank the importance of each of the four principles? How do you believe they would be ordered in the context of the Christian biblical narrative? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response.
Discussion Question 2: What do the four parts of the Christian Biblical Narrative (i.e., creation, fall, redemption, and restoration) say about the nature of God and of reality in relation to the reality of sickness and disease? From where would one find comfort and hope in the light of illness according to this narrative? Explain in detail each part of the narrative above and analyze the implications.
PHI 413V Topic 4
Benchmark Assignment, Spiritual Needs Assessment and Reflection
Discussion Question 1: How often do you engage with or witness death in your work? How has this experience or the lack of it shaped your view of death? Has it gotten easier or harder for you to accept the fact of death? As you explain, include your clinical specialty.
Discussion Question 2: Reflect on the analysis of the sin of suicide and thus, euthanasia from the topic readings. Do you agree? Why or why not? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response.
PHI 413V Topic 5
Assignment, Case Study on Death and Dying
Assignment, Christianity, Buddhism and Health care
Discussion Question 1: What is your definition of “spiritual care?” How does it differ or accord with the description given in the topic readings? Explain.
Discussion Question 2: When it comes to facilitating spiritual care for patients with worldviews different from your own, what are your strengths and weaknesses? If you were the patient, who would have the final say in terms of ethical decision-making and intervention in the event of a difficult situation?
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