David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Christian Bioethics 4 (2):143-167 (1998)
The traditional Christian focus concerning dying is on repentance, not dignity. The goal of a traditional Christian death is not a pleasing, final chapter to life, but union with God: holiness. The pursuit of holiness requires putting on Christ and accepting His cross. In contrast, post-traditional Christian and secular concerns with self-determination, control, dignity, and self-esteem make physician-assisted suicide and voluntary active euthanasia plausible moral choices. Such is not the case within the context of the traditional Christian experience of God, which throughout its 2000 years has sternly condemned suicide and assisted suicide. The wrongness of such actions cannot adequately be appreciated outside the experience of that Christian life. Traditional Christian appreciations of death involve an epistemology and metaphysics of values in discordance with those of secular morality. This difference in the appreciation of the meaning of dying and death, as well as in the appreciation of the moral significance of suicide, discloses a new battle in the culture wars separating traditional Christian morality from that of the surrounding society
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Kerri Anne Brussen (2010). Physician Assisted Suicide in the United States of America. Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin 16 (2):3.
Andrew Sneddon (2006). Equality, Justice, and Paternalism: Recentreing Debate About Physician-Assisted Suicide. Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (4):387–404.
Susan R. Martyn & Henry J. Bourguignon, Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Supreme Court's Wary Rejection.
Perry A. Pugno (2004). One Physician's Perspective: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 12 (3):215-223.
A. T. May (2003). Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Christian Bioethics: Moral Controversy in Germany. Christian Bioethics 9 (2-3):273-283.
Arthur J. Dyck (2002). Life's Worth: The Case Against Assisted Suicide. William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
Richard Momeyer (1995). Does Physician Assisted Suicide Violate the Integrity of Medicine? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):13-24.
C. Kaczor (1998). Faith and Reason and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Christian Bioethics 4 (2):183-201.
H. Tristram Engelhardt (1996). Bioethics Reconsidered: Theory and Method in a Post-Christian, Post-Modern Age. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 6 (4):336-341.
M. J. Cherry (2003). Why Physician-Assisted Suicide Perpetuates the Idolatry of Medicine. Christian Bioethics 9 (2-3):245-271.
Hugo Tristram Engelhardt (1996). Bioethics Reconsidered: Theory and Method in a Post-Christian, Post-Modern Age. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 6 (4):336-341.
H. T. Engelhardt (1998). Physician-Assisted Death: Doctrinal Development Vs. Christian Tradition. Christian Bioethics 4 (2):115-121.
Bert Gordijn & Rien Janssens (2001). New Developments in Dutch Legislation Concerning Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (3):299 – 309.
B. Wannenwetsch (2011). From Ars Moriendi to Assisted Suicide: Bonhoefferian Explorations Into Cultures of Death and Dying. Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (4):428-440.
J. F. Bresnahan (1995). Observations on the Rejection of Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Roman Catholic Perspective. Christian Bioethics 1 (3):256-284.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads15 ( #238,275 of 1,796,448 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #97,566 of 1,796,448 )
How can I increase my downloads?