Religion and Futility in the Intensive Care Unit

religion futility intensive care

The University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy are hosting an event on 'Religion and Futility in the Intensive Care Unit'

A child is critically ill in the intensive 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 Doctors believe that the child’s prognosis is very poor and that treatment should be withdrawn.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?

A half-day seminar exploring issues around religion, pluralism and medical ethics.

Including refreshments.


Guest Speaker

Professor 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/chaplains

There are strictly limited places,

Early bird registration £15/10* if register by 28th February2017

£25/20* subsequently

*Discounted registration for students

To reserve a place at the seminar - email

Questions about the seminar - to Prof Dominic Wilkinson

Medical Humanities

Contact name: Dominic Wilkinson
Contact email:
Audience: Open to all