Seminar: religion, pluralism and medical ethics in paediatric intensive care

16 February 2017

May 8 2017, Jesus College Oxford 2pm-5pm, including refreshments

A child is critically ill in the intensive care unit. Doctors believe that the child’s prognosis is very poor and that treatment should be withdrawn. However, her parents do not agree. They say that it is contrary to their religion to stop treatment.

How often is religion a source of disagreement about treatment in intensive care? What are the views of major religions about withdrawing treatment in intensive care? 

Should religious requests for treatment be treated differently from secular requests? Should religious preferences for treatment count in a child? Should religious views be accommodated when providing scarce and expensive medical resources?

Guest Speaker: Prof John Paris S.J., Professor of Bioethics, Boston College

Speakers/ Panel Participants:

John Paris, Joe Brierley, Sarah Barclay, David Jones, John Wyatt, Siddiq Diwan, Dominic Wilkinson

This seminar is aimed at health professionals, ethicists, philosophers, theologians and chaplains. There are strictly limited places.

Early bird registration £15/10* if register by 28th February. £25/20* subsequently.

*Discounted registration for students.

To reserve a place at the seminar, please email rachel.gaminiratne [at]

Questions about the seminar should be directed to Professor Dominic Wilkinson, dominic.wilkinson [at]

Lecture: Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate

30 September 2011
“The second Anscombe Memorial Lecture will take place in the Garden Quad Auditorium of St John’s College, at 5pm on Friday October 21, 2011.
Professor Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, will speak on: ‘Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate’.  For those unfamiliar with Oxford, the address is: St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP.
Following the lecture (at approximately 6pm) there will be a reception at Blackfriars Hall, which is co-sponsoring this event. Blackfriars is just opposite St John’s College (Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LY). The reception will last until approximately 7pm.
Please let our administrator, Gwen McCourt, know if you would like to attend, by emailing g.mccourt [at] or telephoning the Centre on 01865-610212. Early booking is recommended, as we expect demand to be high.”

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