Human Dignity Bibliography



The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's positions or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Human Dignity (General) | Sanctity of Life


Human Dignity (General)

  • Amesbury, Richard, and George Newlands. Faith and Human Rights: Christianity and the Global Struggle for Human Dignity. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
  • Barak, Aharon. Human Dignity: The Constitutional Value and the Constitutional Right. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Barilan, Michael. Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Responsibility: The New Language of Global Bioethics and Biolaw. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.
  • Beyleveld, David, and Roger Brownsword. Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Bransfield, J. Brian. The Human Person According to John Paul II. Boston: Pauline Press, 2010.
  • Burrow, Rufus, Jr. God and Human Dignity: The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006.
  • Dilley, Stephen and Nathan J. Palpant, eds. Human Dignity in Bioethics: From Worldviews to the Public Square. Routledge Annals of Bioethics. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Dolan, Timothy M. True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Freedom. New York: Crown, 2012.
  • Dowell, Marcus, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth, eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Duffy, Regis A., and Angelus Gambatese, eds. Made in God's Image: The Catholic Vision of Human Dignity. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1999.
  • Foster, Charles. Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law. Portland: Hart, 2011.
  • Howard, Thomas Albert, ed. Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective. The Catholic University of America Press, 2013.
  • Jewett, Paul King, and Marguerite Shuster. Who We Are: Our Dignity As Human: A Neo-Evangelical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
  • Kaczor, Christopher. A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience. University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.
  • Kaczor, Christopher.The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2005.
  • Kass, Leon. Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002.
  • Kateb, George. Human Dignity. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2011.
  • Kilner, John F. Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.
  • Kirchhoffer, David G. Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics. New York: Teneo Press, 2013.
  • Kraynak, Robert P. and Glenn Tinder, eds. In Defense of Human Dignity: Essays for Our Times. University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.
  • Lagon, Mark P. and Anthony Clark Arend, eds. Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions. Georgetown University Press, 2014.
  • Luban, David. Legal Ethics and Human Dignity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Malpas, Jeff, and Norelle Lickiss, eds. Perspectives on Human Dignity. New York: Springer, 2007.
  • McCrudden, Christopher, ed. Understanding Human Dignity. London: British Academy, 2013.
  • Meilaender, Gilbert. Neither Beast nor God. New York: Encounter Books, 2009.
  • Mitchell, C. Ben, Edmund Pellegrino, Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Kilner, and Scott Rae. Biotechnology and the Human Good. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.
  • Moltmann, Jurgen. On Human Dignity: Political Theology and Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • President's Council on Bioethics. Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics. Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Rosen, Michael. Dignity: Its History and Meaning. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.
  • Spaemann, Robert. Love & the Dignity of Human Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Out of Print:

  • Hocken, Peter. The Banquet of Life: The Dignity of the Human Person. Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Alive, 2004.
  • Jacobs, Joseph J. The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity. Oakland, CA: ICS, 1999.
  • Mason, Ian. The Right to Human Dignity: Sir Thomas Moore Lecture 2003. London: Simmonds & Hill, 2005.
  • Montgomery, John W. Human Rights and Human Dignity. 2nd ed. Calgary: Canadian Institute for Law, Theology & Public Policy, 2005.
  • Pellegrino, Edmund D., Adam Schulman, and Thomas W. Merrill. Human Dignity and Bioethics. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.
  • President's Council on Bioethics. Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics.  
  • Soulen, R. Kendall, and Linda Woodhead. God and Human Dignity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.


Sanctity of Life

  • Barry, Robert L. The Sanctity of Human Life and Its Protection. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  • Bayertz, Kurt, ed. Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity. New York: Springer, 1996.
  • Gushee, David P. The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World’s Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2013.
  • Novak, David. The Sanctity of Human Life. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2009.
  • Rose, Nikolas. The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-first Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.
  • Tada, Joni Eareckson, and Nigel M. De S. Cameron. How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.

Out of Print:

  • Francis, Joseph W. The Biblical Basis for the Sanctity of Life and the Inviolability of Man. N.p.: Cedarville College, 1996.
  • Kuhse, Helga. The Sanctity-of-life Doctrine in Medicine: A Critique. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
  • May, William E. Sex & Sanctity of Life. Front Royal, VA: Christendom, 2004.
  • Sproul, R.C., Charles W. Colson, Ronald J. Sider, Kay Coles James, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Abigail Rian Evans, Lewis B. Smedes, John Howard Yoder, and Richard J. Mouw. The Evangelical Round Table: The Sanctity of Life. 1988.
  • Sweeney, Kathleen. “Jewish and Christian Leaders Seek Joint Witness in Defending the Sanctity of Human Life.” National Right to Life Committee.
  • Swindoll, Charles R. Sanctity of Life: The Inescapable Issue. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 1990.
  • Waterhouse, Steven, and Alan Good, eds. The Sanctity of Life. Amarillo, TX: Westcliff, 2001.


For additional related material see the Bioethics, Cloning, Disability Ethics, and Genetic Ethics Bibliographies.



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