Comments: euthanasia debate

I'm afraid, along with 84% of the population, I disagree with the Bishops.

It is always difficult to frame law in this area, but given the advances within medicine and the lack of ability of the medical profession to extend life in years as successfully as years in life, the current situation is unsatisfactory.

I have signed an advanced directive, and I do not expect my wishes to be ignored by well-meaning Christians who think they can impose their will upon me. I do not think they should have the right to do so, any more than anyone should have the right to do the opposite.

In the meantime, plenty of euthanasia goes on, regularly and undercover.

Posted by Merseymike at Sunday, 9 October 2005 at 10:27pm BST

Reading the article in the Scotsman about Rowan Williams' opposition to assisted death, it occurs to me that his position implies unacceptable conclusions about the nature and being of God.

Since, by his argument, whether we live or die is God’s decision, not ours, to make, does it not follow that the conditions under which we die are also chosen by God, and does this not raise problems with the possibility of a moral conception of God? Rowan can’t have it both ways. He can’t hold both that our lives are not our own to end as we will, and that God does not will our ends in painful and intolerable ways. Clearly, the problem of evil, so called, strikes with greater force in this context than it does in the context where human beings are conceived of as having the right to relieve pain and suffering — even by means of bringing about death, if necessary.

It is difficult for me to see why, if life belongs solely to God to dispose of only as he/she wills, the means of death are not also at God's disposal. If this is so, can the Archbishop explain why he calls God good?

Many years ago CH Dodd remarked that in regard to punishment and war human beings seemed to be becoming more humane than God. Is this not another example of humanity's compassion and God's indifference to suffering?

Eric MacDonald

Posted by Eric MacDonald at Monday, 10 October 2005 at 1:24pm BST
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