Why People Matter

A Christian Engagement with Rival Views of Human Significance

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John F. Kilner
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , January
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Thomas Isaac Collins forthcoming.


In the face of current arguments over issues related to human life and dignity, Christians need to be clear about how their faith speaks to such concerns and what other outlooks have to say. John Kilner, who has taught in the fields of ethics and bioethics for over forty years, brings together noted ethicists to make a Christian case for human dignity. This timely engagement with a topic of great cultural and societal importance offers a robust critique of five highly influential alternative positions, showing how a Christian view supports the crucial idea that people matter in a way that other outlooks cannot.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John F. Kilner is the Franklin and Dorothy Forman Chair of Christian Ethics and Theology, professor of bioethics and contemporary culture, and director of bioethics programs at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a senior fellow for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and has authored, coauthored, or edited over twenty books, including Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God (winner of a Christianity Today Book Award) and Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life's Challenges. Kilner has been researching and teaching in the fields of ethics and bioethics since 1973 and has appeared on numerous major media outlets.


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