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Religie en globale bio-etiek: Religieuse globale bio-etiek as voorloper tot ’n universele bio-etiek

Riaan Rheeder
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2842 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2842 | © 2015 Riaan Rheeder | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 October 2014 | Published: 24 August 2015

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Riaan Rheeder, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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Religion and global bioethics: Religious global bioethics as a precursor to a universal bioethics. From a general public perspective, this article presumes that there is such a thing as a universal ethics; however this assumption does not decrease the challenges with regard to a ‘global ethics’ and ‘bioethics’. The article discusses the views on global religious bioethics that were formulated in 1999. The article further considers these formulations as the forerunner of UNESCO’s perspective on universal bioethics accepted in 2005. The article aims to argue that a global value system will enhance hope of peace and justice in today’s global world. It argues that the absence of shared ethics will reinforce conflict between civilisations and worsen injustice.


Etiek; bio-etiek; globale etiek; globale bio-etiek; godsdiens; dialektiek; gedeelde waardes; globale morele gemeenskap


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