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Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia

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Overview

Many in our society champion suicide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia as acceptable answers to intractable physical and emotional problems. There are alternatives to this contemporary "culture of death," however, that uphold the sanctity of human life and seek to meet the problems of fear, pain, and despair with compassion and dignity. Some questions answered in this work include:

  • How do active and passive euthanasia differ?
  • Do I have a "right to die"?
  • Is suicide the unpardonable sin?
  • Why hasn't Dr. Kevorkian been convicted of a crime?
  • What should I do if I feel suicidal?

Contributors

  • Linda K. Bevington
  • Paige C. Cunningham
  • William R. Cutrer
  • Timothy J. Demy
  • John F. Kilner
  • Donal P. O'Mathuna
  • Gary P. Stewart

Praise for the Print Edition

...these extraordinary questions are tackled with due seriousness (they make everyone think) and yet also with accessibility (no one who thinks will be excluded). It is hard to imagine a more important set of questions or a more timely publication.

—Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Trinity International University

Product Details

  • Title: Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 80

About the Contributors

Linda K. Bevington, M.A., is the Project Manager for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois.

Paige C. Cunningham, J.D., has written numerous articles on abortion and the law; she is coauthor of the amicus brief that Justice O'Connor cited in her discussion of viability in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.

William R. Cutrer, M.D., served for many years as an obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in the treatment of infertility. He is currently serving as the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Director for The Christian Medical and Dental Society.

Timothy J. Demy, Th.M., Th.D., is a military chaplain and coauthor and author of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

John F. Kilner, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois. He is also Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois.

Donal P. O'Mathuna, Ph.D., is Associate Professor or Medical Ethics and Chemistry at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio.

Gary P. Stewart, Th.M., D.Min., is a military chaplain and coauthor of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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