Christian integrity regained: Reformational worldview engagement for everyday medical practice

Jon Tilburt, Joel Pacyna, James Rusthoven

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How does one committed to the claims of Christ and a biblical story of redemption live Christianly and navigate the competing worldviews encountered in everyday medical practice? Adopting the practical conceptual framework promoted by Reformed Christian philosopher and theologian Albert Wolters, we argue for an all-encompassing biblical understanding of God’s cosmic redemption plan for the entire creation order in contrast to a more typical sacred/secular duality. We then apply the concepts of structure and direction, drawn from a pretheological understanding of human life drawn from the Scripture, to a semi-fictional case study in discerning Christian faithfulness in everyday mundane aspects of medicine. Our subsequent analysis seeks to render an interpretation of what it means to live life consistent with that worldview when confronted with challenges like those presented in the case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalChristian Bioethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Biblical
  • Moral distress
  • Pluralism
  • Reformed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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