Playing God Front Cover

‘Docs on the Box – TV Medical Dramas’

Book: ‘Playing God: Ethics and Technology in Medical Dramas‘
Editor: Tony Watkins
Publisher: Damaris Trust
Date: 2006
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As advances in technology push back the boundaries of the possible, are we losing sight of the question of whether it is right to do everything that science makes possible? From (premature) birth to (endlessly delayed) death, more and more decisions have to be made. How can Christians find a way through the moral minefield that new technology presents, and how can we talk about these things in a way that helps, rather than browbeats, our friends? Playing God: Talking About Ethics in Medicine and Technology begins to help readers think about these questions by engaging with recent films, books and television programmes.

Introduction to the Talking About series by Tony Watkins

Introduction by Nick Pollard

  1. Rethinking Life and Death – click here to read this sample chapter
    by Nick Pollard
  2. I Give You Dominion: A Biblical Perspective on Ethics in Medicine and Technology
    by Dr Trevor Stammers
  3. Killing Me Softly – Vera Drake and Million Dollar Baby
    by Tony Watkins
  4. Paddling in the Gene Pool – Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake
    by Caroline Puntis
  5. Built Free – I, Robot
    by Peter S. Williams
  6. Docs on the Box – TV medical dramas
    by Dr Rebecca Lewis
  7. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) – Study Guide
    by Louise Crook
  8. The Island – Study Guide
    by Tony Watkins
  9. Life after God? The Ethical Teaching of Peter Singer
    by Dr Peter May

Background to the quotes

For further reading

Taken from the Damaris website