Medicine as Friendship with God
Annual Meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
Over the past thirty years, a variety of proposals have been put forward for seeking connections between liturgy and ethics. This session will explore the claim that the sacrament of anointing of the sick—a particular Christian liturgical practice--informs the ethics of medicine by providing a theological hermeneutic—a theologically robust vision for interpreting medicine rooted in a theological politics. As such, the sacrament of anointing provides a theological politics for medicine rather than, simply speaking, a theological ethics.