Ethics in the Sanctuary: Examining the Practices of Organized Religion

Margaret Pabst Battin, Author Yale University Press $19 (304p) ISBN 978-0-300-04547-5
Taking a cue from applied ethics, Battin, professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, critiques three central elements found in organized religion. Confidentiality in pastoral work, as characterized by the practice of private confession for Roman Catholics; risk taking, such as refusal of medical intervention by Christian Scientists; and coercive conversions, as practiced by Moonies and their counterparts, are the three issues identified and analyzed in a study that includes mainstream groups and cults. Citing the dilemma of a priest who hears the confession of a murderer, problems presented by a breach of secrecy in a Mormon church court, and other situations that could lead to moral abuse, this scholarly investigation will interest ethicists and students of religion. (June)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-300-05250-3
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