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  1. THE IDOLATRY OF HEALTH: Implications for a Just Distribution of Health Care

  2. We are living at a critical time. • We work in a unique place.

  3. Clarification of Terms • HEALTH • HEALTH CARE • The profession of medicine • The organization of Medicine

  4. “Corruptio optima quae est pessima.”

  5. Facing the Fear of Death • Life is arbitrary. • Life is cause and effect. • Life is contingent on the goodness of God.

  6. Examples of Confused Health Care System • Medical view of pain. • Efforts to control prenatal life.

  7. What are the effects of an idolatrous view of health and life on the equitable distribution of health care?

  8. Christian Perspective on Health • Health is a gift. • Health is not justly distributed. • Health is other than perfection of the body. • Health is not an individual endeavor.

  9. Dependency Tests • Are we pursuing health or health care. • Do we get lost in the means on the way to the ends? • Do we pursue a just distribution of useless or idolatrous services?

  10. The Purpose of Theology • “The emphasis in theology is not on the omnicompetence of reason…but on the omnipotence of grace. It’s goal is not to bring all reality under the domain of understanding but to bring understanding in submission to the will of God. Donald Bloesch

  11. Prayer During Illness Eternal and most glorious God... Thou alone dost steer my boat through all its voyage, but has a more especial care of it, when it comes to a narrow current, or to a dangerous fall of waters. Thou has a care of the preservation of my body in all the ways of my life; but, in the straits of death, open Thine eyes wider, and enlarge Thy Providence towards me so far that no illness or agony may shake and benumb the soul. Do Thou so make my bed in all my sickness that, being used to Thy hand, I may be content with any bed of Thy making. Amen - John Donne