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Discuss the theological and philosophical views on euthanasia.

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Euthanasia

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Euthanasia

A. Euthanasia is the ending of life to end suffering. It comes from the Greek Thanatos meaning 'good death'.

There are different types of euthanasia

> Voluntary- when a person makes the decision themselves to die.

> Compulsory- when a person doesn't make the decision themselves to die.

> active- when something is given toe end someone's life e.g. a drug

> Passive- when a person's treatment is taken away that is keeping them alive. They die from natural causes.

There are different combinations

> voluntary/active > compulsory/active

> voluntary/passive > compulsory/passive

The essay is getting you to think about theological and philosophical views on euthanasia.

Many different religions possess different viewpoints. This is due to the fact that different religions interpret the Bible in different ways, for example the Roman Catholic church read the Bible and interpret it fundamentally and say 'that's a good reading, lets take it like that' but the Church of England would interpret it differently and say 'that's a good reading, what does it mean?'.

The Bible has a great influence on all denominations of the Christian church.

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