May Christians request medically assisted suicide and euthanasia?

Show simple item record De Villiers, D.E. (Dawid Etienne) 2017-05-30T06:42:04Z 2017-05-30T06:42:04Z 2016-11-21
dc.description.abstract The article deals with the question: ‘Is it morally acceptable for terminally ill Christians to voluntarily request medically assisted suicide or euthanasia?’ After a brief discussion of relevant changes in the moral landscape over the last century, two influential, but opposite views on the normative basis for the Christian ethical assessment of medically assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are critically discussed. The inadequacy of both the view that the biblical message entails an absolute prohibition against these two practices, and the view that Christians have to decide on them on the basis of their own autonomy, is argued. An effort is made to demonstrate that although the biblical message does not entail an absolute prohibition it does have normative ethical implications for deciding on medically assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. Certain Christian beliefs encourage terminally ill Christians to live a morally responsible life until their death and cultivate a moral prejudice against taking the life of any human being. This moral prejudice can, however, in exceptional cases be outweighed by moral considerations in favour of medically assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Villiers, D.E., 2016, ‘May Christians request medically assisted suicide and euthanasia?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3397. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3397. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3397
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Christians en_ZA
dc.subject Medically assisted suicide en_ZA
dc.subject Euthanasia en_ZA
dc.subject Terminally ill Christian en_ZA
dc.subject Ethics en_ZA
dc.title May Christians request medically assisted suicide and euthanasia? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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