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Ethical Topics: Euthanasia

Euthanasia: background

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Lawfully allowing a patient to die should be kept distinct from euthanasia. Shutterstock

Euthanasia: a Catholic viewpoint

Bible

Job 12:10, Job 14:5, Deuteronomy 30:19-20 

  • Ecclesiastes 7:17 "Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted"
  • Ecclesiastes 8:8 "No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. There is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it."
  • Romans 5:3-5 "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces characters, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into out hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us"

Euthanasia - Islamic stance

  • What do the texts of the tradition say?
  • What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  • What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  • Who are the authorities?
  • Where does authority come from?
  • Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  • What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  • What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Hindu stance

  1. What do the texts of the tradition say?
  2. What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  3. What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  4. Who are the authorities?
  5. Where does authority come from?
  6. Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  7. What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  8. What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Buddhist stance

  1. What do the texts of the tradition say?
  2. What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  3. What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  4. Who are the authorities?
  5. Where does authority come from?
  6. Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  7. What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  8. What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Jewish stance

  • What do the texts of the tradition say?
  • What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  • What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  • Who are the authorities?
  • Where does authority come from?
  • Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  • What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  • What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia: other religious vewpoints

Non Religious Views