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Authors: David Shatz (Editor), Joel B. Wolowelsky
ISBN-13: 9780881257922, ISBN-10: 0881257923
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Date Published: February 2004
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: David Shatz

Book Synopsis

In 22 essays selected from Yeshiva University's journal Torah u- Madda (Torah and general wisdom), contributors from all four fields discuss general issues of relations between Judaism and the secular sciences, explore psychology and religion through a fictional case in which a psychiatrist unfamiliar with Orthodox Judaism tries to treat an obsessed religious personality, and look at the interface between biology and religion with an emphasis on new technology. Distributed by KTAV Publishing House. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Where do Torah and science clash?3
Torah and science : constructs and methodology17
Halakhah and scientific method34
Darwin and Derash : the interplay of Torah and biology43
Case study : diagnosis and treatment of a psychotic depressive57
Ritual, literalism and diagnosis : thoughts provoked by a provocative essay67
Religion and mental health : a theoretical and clinical perspective71
"A garland for ashes" : regarding the diagnosis of religious rituality in "diagnosis and treatment of a psychotic depressive"80
The human factor : a plea for second opinions99
Scientific advance and the Jewish moral conscience116
Creativity and catharsis : a theological framework for evaluating cloning121
Cloning and its challenges129
Human cloning : scientific, moral and Jewish perspectives134
Cloning and the Noahide legal code143
The case for genetic engineering148
Cloning as a remedy for reproductive failure153
The case against cloning158
Human and molecular cloning : ethical dilemmas in a brave new world164
Is a human clone a golem?176
A matter of time : the moral status of cloning187
The Halakhic definition of death in light of medical history190

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