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Matters of Life and Death #6: Euthanasia

August 21st, 2011 1 Comment

‘It is a tragedy when the human spirit dies before the body. But the answer is not to kill the body too, but to revive the spirit.’  So said Prof Margaret Somerville at a recent conference on euthanasia held in Wellington. Today I tried to canvass the arguments on both sides of the euthanasia debate, […]

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Matters of Life and Death #5: Dementia and Frailty

August 14th, 2011 No Comments

I read some of Sandy’s story on Sunday: One afternoon, I left work and did not know how to get home. This was the start of a “downhill no return” into the Alzheimer’s world. I am now in my world, a world of confusion, fatigue, and most days, in severe pain. I know there are days that […]

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Matters of Life and Death #4: Disability

August 10th, 2011 2 Comments

‘But we have this treasure in clay jars…’ On Sunday we looked at the clay fragility of human life from a couple of angles.  How can we accept our own flaws so we can welcome other flawed people?  How do our modern expectations of perfection and comfort get in the way of hospitality to the […]

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Matters of Life and Death #2: Crisis Pregnancy and Hospitality

July 24th, 2011 1 Comment

When thinking about the issue of crisis pregnancy, we could spend all our time on trying to find the exact moment when a collection of human cells becomes a human person.  When does a small human being start to bear God’s image and deserve protection and hospitality? Or we could instead ask what Christian hospitality […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

July 11th, 2011 No Comments

What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‘end it all’ with morphine?  What are the implications of expectant parents having Down’s Syndrome screening for their unborn babies?  How do we cope when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? On Sunday we began a new series looking at some […]

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