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Faith and Fertility

Attitudes Towards Reproductive Practices in Different Religions from Ancient to Modern Times

Edited by Eric Blyth and Ruth Landau

Quick Overview

Faith and Fertility is a comprehensive collection of essays by academics and faith leaders. The reader is introduced to the cultural and religious understanding of fertility as it is practised among diverse international faith traditions. Each chapter is written in an accessible style, outlining each faith's history, core beliefs and values.
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Paperback / softback
2009, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-535-0
£21.99
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Available as an ebook from these retailers. eISBN: 978-1-84642-959-0

Description

When an individual or couple is considering a difficult choice such as IVF treatment or third party assisted conception, the moral and ethical basis for their decisions may often be informed by their particular faith traditions.
 
Faith and Fertility is a comprehensive collection of essays by academics and faith leaders from around the world. The reader is introduced to the cultural and religious understanding of fertility as it is practised among diverse international faith traditions. Each chapter is written in an accessible and clear style, outlining each faith's history and its core beliefs and values, showing the influence these have on its moral and ethical perspective on the issues surrounding fertility.
 
This book will be a welcome resource for anyone seeking information on the plethora of attitudes towards fertility that are at work in today's global and multi-cultural world.

Reviews

'Required reading for anyone interested in the field, whether practitioner, ethicist, or simply an observer. I found it compelling reading, and very disturbing.'
- Human Fertility

'I read it over the Christmas holidays and found that I couldn't put it down... The book succeeds in enlightening the reader and providing a nuances understaning of the different attitudes of the different faiths to assisted conception... and is essential reading for those dealing with patients with diverse religious beliefs.'
- Bionews