Case Study: Fetal Abnormality
The Nature of Human Persons from a Christian Viewpoint
From a Christian viewpoint, human persons are seen as the image bearers of God. According to this view, each person is created individually by God and holds intrinsic value and dignity regardless of their abilities or qualities. The theory of moral status that is most compatible with this perspective is the Imago Dei Theory. This theory states that all humans are equal in being made in the image of God and should therefore be treated with respect and dignity which derives from our shared nature as humans. This means that no individual has greater or lesser worth than any other simply because they have different physical capabilities or characteristics.
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Moral Status Determined by Case Study Characters
The characters in the case study, Jessica, Marco, Maria and Dr. Wilson, are each using a different theory to determine the moral status of the fetus. Jessica is likely using an Imago Dei Theory which posits that all humans have equal value regardless of their physical characteristics or capabilities. In her discussion with Marco she expresses her belief that the life of this unborn child should be valued as much as any other human’s life due to its intrinsic worth no matter what challenges it may face in its development.
Marco is likely utilizing a Quality of Life Theory which states that an individual’s worth is based on their quality of life as determined by their physical characteristics and abilities.
What is the Christian view of the nature of human persons, and which theory of moral status is it compatible with? How is this related to the intrinsic human value and dignity?
Which theory or theories are being used by Jessica, Marco, Maria, and Dr. Wilson to determine the moral status of the fetus? What from the case study specifically leads you to believe that they hold the theory you selected?
How does the theory determine or influence each of their recommendations for action?
What theory do you agree with? Why? How would that theory determine or influence the recommendation for action?
Remember to support your responses with the topic Resources.
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