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PHI 413V Topic 2 Discussion: God, Humanity, and Human Dignity

PHI 413V Topic 2 Discussion God, Humanity, and Human Dignity

The Christian concept of Imago Dei is a fundamental part of nursing and healthcare because of what it postulates. At its core, the concept means that man is created in the image of God, which grants dignity and honor to all people irrespective of their backgrounds and separates mankind from everything and creature on earth. The concept means that man has similar spiritual, emotional, and innate attributes like God (Cherry, 2018). For instance, it implies that one has inherent dignity and freewill as a human being which cannot be under anyone’s pleasure or control.

The concept of Imago Dei is important to healthcare because both nurses and patients are human beings created in God’s image and expected to demonstrate the innate features and not the physical attributes. The concept implies that healthcare providers must treat people regardless of their backgrounds equally as God’s children deserving of His love. The main goal of nursing and healthcare in general is to offer quality care and save lives (Mellon, 2018). It implies that individuals must focus on demonstrating the good values and ethical aspects like love when providing care. By focusing on preservation of life and granting dignity to individuals, it implies that nurses value each one’s life above all things on earth as intended by God. The belief is relevant as it does not view human beings just like rocks and other things but as creations with value and implores all to understand the moral implications of ignoring the value of an individual in society. Human beings are separate and do not engage in things that other creators do like cannibalism. Such aspects demonstrate that healthcare should encompass the expected value of humanity and implores all to follow them.

References

Cherry, M. J. (2018). Created in the image of God: Bioethical implications of the Imago Dei.

Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality, 23(3), 219-233. https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbx009

Mellon, B. F. (2018). John Kilner’s understanding of the Imago Dei and the ethical treatment of

persons with disabilities. Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality, 23(3), 283-298. DOI: 10.1093/cb/cbx011

Topic 2 DQ 1

What is the Christian concept of the imago Dei? How might it be important to health care, and why is it relevant?

REPLY TO DISCUSSION

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For further explanation of this week’s chapter, here is a lecture to explain some of the concepts. If you have any questions about the chapter or material from the lecture, please feel free to post them here.

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What is the Christian concept of the imago Dei? How might it be important to health care, and why is it relevant?

Imago Dei means image of God. According to White (2020) this is the value and dignity of every human being due to their existence.

PHI 413V Topic 2 Discussion God, Humanity, and Human Dignity

PHI 413V Topic 2 Discussion God, Humanity, and Human Dignity

Becoming a nurse is a calling and not everyone can do it, it takes a special kind of person to become a nurse. This career focuses on helping other people and ensuring proper care is given in the time of need. A person is at a very vulnerable state when they are in the presence a medial staff, whether they are ill, injured, or at just having a check up. As a nurse it is our job to help maintain the dignity of every patient we encounter, from the healthy patients to the dying patients. If a person is in hospice, the nurse helps to keep the dignity of the dying, all the way past their last breath. The nurse can also pray with the family, if they wish, in their time of need and help seek some comfort with the knowing their loved one will be in heaven with the Lord when the time comes for them to pass.

 

 

White, N. (2020). God, humanity, and human dignity. In GCU’s Practicing dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare.

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Alycia,

lt is true that becoming a nurse is a calling and not everyone can do it. Also, it takes a special kind of person to become a nurse since it focuses on helping other people and ensuring proper care is given in the time of need. I would like to add that human life is a gift therefore each life is meaningful and significant and they deserve respect, kindness and dignity. This should be standard of care regardless of person’s medical decisions.

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Hello Alycia,

Good post. The term imago Dei refers most fundamentally to two things: first, God’s own self-actualization through humankind; and second, God’s care for humankind. To say that humans are in the image of God is to recognize the special qualities of human nature which allow God to be made manifest in humans. In other words, for humans to have the conscious recognition of their being in the image of God means that they are the creature through whom God’s plans and purposes can be made known and actualized; humans, in this way, can be seen as co-creators with God. The moral implications of the doctrine of imago Dei are apparent in the fact that if humans are to love God, then humans must love other humans, as each is an expression of God (Eberl, 2022).

References

Eberl, J. T. (2022). Enhancing the Imago Dei: Can a Christian Be a Transhumanist?. Christian bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality28(1), 76-93.

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Imago Dei translates to the image of God and originates from the Book of Genesis. Many Christians believe the Imago Dei is “why we humans are valuable in the first place and why we are more valuable than any other species” (Hoff, C. 2004).

When looking at racism, Imago Dei would be important in healthcare. Unfortunately, in America racism continues to persistent. In healthcare this is no different. According to the 2015 National Healthcare Disparities Report stated that White patients receive better quality of care than 36.7% of Hispanic patients, 41.1% of Black patients, 32.4% of American Indian/Alaska Native patients, and 20.3% of Asian and Pacific Islander patients. “These differences highlight the need for a deeper understanding among people of all races. Our realities are different, yet all are created imago Dei (in the image of God). As believers, we know the love of Jesus Christ to be transformative. It should never leave us the same.” (Secor, 2020). Every patient and every person should be treated with dignity and respect.

Hoff, C. (2004) Imago Dei: The image of God. APU. http://www.apu.edu/articles/15625

Secor, C. (2020). Imago Dei-In the Image of God. Journal of Christian Nursing. https://journals.lww.com/journalofchristiannursing/Fulltext/2020/10000/Imago_Dei_In_the_Image_of_God.1.aspx

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2020). Discrimination. Healthy People.gov. https://www.healthypeople.gov/020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinatns-health/interventions-resources/discrimation

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