PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDEEMING HUMAN DIGNITY

Indian Christian Ethical Reflections

  • Lucose Chamakala Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)
Keywords: PUBLIC HEALTH, HUMAN DIGNITY

Abstract

Health is concerned with the well-being of a person – not just the biological and psychological well-being but the integral well-being of a person in the society. It affects all aspects of one’s personhood. Public health, with its curative and preventive dimensions, is the science and art of protecting and respecting life, preventing diseases, prolonging and promoting life and health through concerted and organized public or community effort. In the contemporary society, public health is commonly known as community health, as it is concerned with the health of all the members of the community and is to be protected and promoted by all segments of the society. Since Christianity upholds the unique value of every human person, endowed with rationality, freedom, responsibility, and a capacity to love and relate, the issue of public health should be a very important concern in the Christian ethics and spirituality. Similarly, a serious commitment to the establishment of public health should be a constitutive aspect of Christian faith and practice, as Christianity believes that all human beings belong to one human family.

Author Biography

Lucose Chamakala, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)

Dr. Lucose Chamakala CMI is an Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram Bangalore. He holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Moral Theology from Alphosianum, Rome. His publications include besides many articles in the national and international journals, The Sanctity of Life vs. The Quality of Life, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2005.

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Published
2010-12-31
How to Cite
Chamakala, L. (2010). PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDEEMING HUMAN DIGNITY. Journal of Dharma, 35(4), 393-404. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/306