Bahá’í Fundamentals for Bioethics

This article is not available to download at the present time. Please direct any inquiries to editor@bahaistudies.ca

How to Cite

Milani, L., and K. Milani. “Bahá’í Fundamentals for Bioethics”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, June 1998, pp. 47-74, doi:10.31581/jbs-8.2.275(1998).

Abstract

The recent unprecedented explosion of advances in the biological and medical sciences, especially in the arena of technology, has produces a plethora of new bioethical challenges with significant moral, economic, and public policy implications. Inherent in the Bahá’í Revelation is the claim that it contains a universal moral code. The rich field of Bahá’í bioethics has not been studied to date. This article attempts to establish a framework and to open a dialogue within which medical ethical dilemmas may be addressed and analyzed in light of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’í psychology (science of the soul) is examined, as it is a prelude to ethical questions. The authors suggest a possible Baha'i scriptural understanding of suffering, theodicy, and the purpose of creation. The definitions of life and death, as well as the purpose of human life, are also explored. Finally, a number of principles from the Bahá’í writings are examined for use in formulating a Bahá’í approach to bioethical dilemmas. It must be noted that this article does not represent the definitive Bahá’í stance on any of the issues discussed; rather, these preliminary observations are only intended to serve as a prelude to a Bahá’í bioethical dialogue.

https://doi.org/10.31581/jbs-8.2.275(1998)

This article is not available to download at the present time. Please direct any inquiries to editor@bahaistudies.ca

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If you wish to adapt, remix, transform, or build upon this work in any way, you may not distribute your work without first contacting the Editor for permission.

Copyright © 1988 Leila Rassekh Milani, Kavian Sadeghzade Milani