Questions about Religious Beliefs
Q&A Radio: 12 July 2015, Question 1
I answered a question on questions about religious beliefs on 12 July 2015. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How should a doctor respond to questions about her religious beliefs? My wife recently told me about a colleague of hers – a physician and an atheist – being caught off guard when asked by the parents of one of her cancer patients in the hospital if she believed in God. These parents wanted their son treated only by a doctor who believes in God, and my wife's friend did not qualify. How should she have answered their question?
My Answer, In Brief: The doctor should never lie, but she can choose to either answer the question honestly or refuse to answer it. If a patient wishes to behave irrationally, let him!
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