Discerning Secular Ethics in Medicine

I’ve mentioned before the divide I’ve witnessed between spirituality and medical care. Namely, I’ve seen people in the throes of serious illness confront issues of life and death — which are profoundly spiritual — and find themselves flummoxed by an institution so complex and  removed from Christian thought that it leaves them flailing for guidance.

The Gospel Coalition asked me to expound upon these ideas a bit. You can read more here, in my latest article:

The Hospital Is Not Heaven: Discerining Secular Ethics in Medicine

Between Life and Death explores some of these issues as well, with particular focus on how this divide strands us when we’re considering options for end-of-life care. The book releases April 30th!

May the Lord bless and keep you.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I enjoyed the article, Katie.

    “But the hospital is far from heaven. While untangling its complexities, the secular roots of medicine warn us to practice discernment. We can’t blindly place all our hope in the Western medical system, just as we shouldn’t idolize government or economics.”

    I particularly pondered this statement. Thanks and best wishes writing and schooling (and with life!).

    Terri Fites


    1. Katie Butler says:

      Thanks so much, Terri! Blessings to you.


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