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“Your faith has healed you”: Christian Orthodox theology’s ethical consideration on placebos

Mavropoulos, Angelos orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2306-8476 (2023) “Your faith has healed you”: Christian Orthodox theology’s ethical consideration on placebos. Theology and Science, 28 (1). pp. 67-80. ISSN 1474-6700

Although there is no consensus on how placebos actually work, their association with the concept of faith is considered to play a key role. In modern medicine, the traditional use of placebos raises bioethical concerns, despite the fact that it has shown extremely positive results over time. Orthodox Christian moral theology has not yet divulged its views on the matter, although several of its Church Fathers and secular theologians have evaluated the concepts of falsehood, autonomy, and, of course, faith. Thus, by examining these notions, could we conclude the morality of the practice, from the point of view of Christian Orthodox bioethics? This is the question this paper will answer to.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Placebo; virtual medicine; Christian ethics; bioethics; Orthodox theology
Subjects:Humanities > Religions
Medical Sciences > Medical ethics
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1080/14746700.2022.2155911
Copyright Information:© 2023 The Authors.
ID Code:28049
Deposited On:23 Jan 2023 14:27 by Angelos Mavropoulos . Last Modified 02 Mar 2023 16:00

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