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Church, Public And Bioethics: Religion’s Construction Of Public Significance Through The Bioethical Discourse

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This chapter aims to study the public significance of religion through the lens of a concrete case, namely the discourse on bioethics within the Church of Norway. More specifically, it asks how this discourse implies constructions of public significance of this particular religious community, its tradition of belief and visions of life and existence. Putting the question thus implies that public significance is studied from within religion, as potentially constructed and envisioned by religion, not only by means of its explicit, theological deliberations, but also reflected through its practices. Although this can merely be a singular case of a more general phenomenon, insights developed by looking at a concrete case might still enrich and add to the theoretical understanding of this phenomenon, of relevant factors and how they interrelate.

Keywords: bioethics; church; Iver B. Neumann; Norway; religion; theological thinking



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