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The Biblical Perspective on Assisted Suicide—Part III

This blog series is coming slowly, as my readers can tell, because I am developing a bit of ADD over the topic. The sad thing is that there are too many “what ifs” and accounts to pore over, and it has gotten a little depressing to go there. 1,008 more words

Theological Reflection

Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind | Talk Video | TED.com

If anyone had asked me if a TED talk on neural imaging of the brain would make me cry…I probably would have laughed.

But this TED talk by Nancy Kanwisher did just that.   78 more words

Life & Death

The Biblical Perspective on Assisted Suicide—Part II

As the date for Brittany Maynard’s physician-assisted suicide looms, we are invited to reflect upon the appropriateness, legality, and morality of such an act. This is not merely a personal act, because it involves others in its execution, doctors who have taken an oath to “do no harm.” This particular act is a public one because Ms. 861 more words

Theological Reflection

The Biblical Perspective on Assisted Suicide—Part I

Washington, the state of my upbringing, passed an assisted-suicide law in 2008. The debate was vigorous—I heard about it from my Fuller students at the time—and ultimately the referendum passed. 634 more words

Death & Dying

Suicide: When a Right Becomes an Obligation

One of my deepest concerns, from a sociological and ethical point of view, about physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is the “slippery slope” argument. In a BreakPoint… 986 more words

The Pastoral Call

Suicide and the Fear of a Diminished Self

Suicides, particularly by those of celebrity status, make the headlines. In Robin Williams’ case this summer, the world mourned the loss of a man tormented but treated for mental illness and addiction. 886 more words

Lung Cancer

Two Women with Brain Tumors; Two Different Responses

One of my regular readers has asked me to comment here about the case of Brittany Maynard, a young woman who moved from San Francisco to Portland in order to organize an assisted suicide in the state of Oregon where it is legal. 191 more words