Dying with Dignity? Negotiating the Moral Debate on Assisted Suicide

Speaker(s): Jeffrey Greenman
Date: February 4 2014
Length: 55min
Product ID: RGDL4402B

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A recent video by Dr. Donald Low, a Canadian physician who became famous during the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto, has sparked fresh moral and political debate about assisted suicide. In the video, which was made just eight days before he died of brain cancer, Low expressed his worries about how he would die. He asked for support for 'dying with dignity' through assisted suicide, but because such measures are illegal in Canada, he was unable to die as he had wished. Addressing those who oppose assisted suicide, Low said, 'I wish they could live in my body for 24 hours... Why make people suffer for no reason, when there is an alternative?' In this lecture, Dr. Greenman explores the most important reasons given for and against assisted suicide, looking at the current debates from the standpoint of historic Christian convictions about suffering, death, and human dignity. Greenman offers a multi-faceted rationale for upholding the longstanding Christian opposition to assisted suicide, and provide reasons why Canadian public policy should resist calls for change on this issue. This was recorded at the University of British Columbia Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum.

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Jeffrey Greenman is President of Regent College. He previously served as Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics at Wheaton College. He has co-authored many books, including Understanding Jacques Ellul and Unwearied Praises: Exploring Christian Faith through Classic Hymns. He is also a member of a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics.

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