Biomedical Issues and Scriptural Considerations: Approaching the Bible and the Qur’an on Organ Donation

Nazirudin Mohd Nasir
DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford

To what extent can scripture inform bioethical thought? In the case of organ donation, religious communities have approached the Bible and the Qur’an to derive general moral principles such as love, compassion, kindness, and healing. It is proposed here that there is wider scope for scripture to guide moral thinking on various other issues such as human stewardship, the concepts of autonomy, consent, and individual interests and the common good. Thinking about these notions from a scriptural perspective would however necessitate a creative reinterpretation that redresses the classical law-ethics-theology dichotomy.

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