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Euthanasia- coursework on Christian belief, ethical philosophers and that of the medical establishment.

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  • Essay length: 4927 words
  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Euthanasia

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Hannah Hawker

Religious Studies

Euthanasia- coursework on Christian belief, ethical philosophers and that of the medical establishment.

'An acceptance of the practice of euthanasia is incompatible with Christian beliefs in the sanctity of life and, but not with the attitudes of ethical philosophers or some medical establishment'

Before I can begin to discuss the statement there are issues that need to be illustrated; that there are no black and white answers. For example, a Christian doctor who has pledged hypocrites oath and believes whole heartedly in the bible may also believe in the human rights of an individual, i.e., the right to death without suffering (remembering that in this country a vet is allowed to put animals out of misery and suffering and provide them with a merciful death, a right under British legislation). Basically there cannot be a simple straightforward answer. There are issues that can only be truly relevant and appropriate to somebody actually going through pain and suffering. How can one claim to know what is right or wrong without experience? I am sure that many would change their outlook on euthanasia if confronted with a long painful death. Hence, one can

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