Questions of Life and Death

Christian Faith and Medical Intervention

Richard Harries


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This book, by a major author in this area, throws light on key Life and Death issues such as fertility research and treatment, and assisted suicide. Richard Harries, as a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority from 2003-9, and chair of its Ethics and Law Advisory Committee, has been at the heart of thinking about issues include cloning, human-animal hybrids and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. He shows that the Western Christian tradition is compatible with work in this area. In the House of Lords he was involved in debates on euthanasia, and is critical of much current thinking on the subject.


Richard Harries:
RICHARD HARRIES was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006 and is now an Honorary Professor of Theology at King's College. He is the author of more than 20 books, many of them on ethical issues, and is a frequent broadcaster. He chaired the Church of England's Board for Social Responsibility and the Ethics and Law Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (the HFEA). He was made a Life Peer on his retirement (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) and continues to contribute in the House of Lords.