Religious Studies: Attitudes to Euthanasia and Suicide

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What do most Christians believe about Life and Death?
That God gives life and only God can decide when a life should be ended
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What do some Christians believe about Life and Death?
That as humans have free will they have a choice between life and death but to choose death, either by euthanasia or suicide, would be a sin.
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What is euthanasia?
Situations where death is deliberately chosen by either the person or people close to them if they are unable to make the choice themselves
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What is Euthanasia sometimes known as? What does this mean?
'merci killing' it means ' good or gentle death'
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Is euthanasia legal in the Uk?
No.
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Name to places where Euthanasia is legal
Netherlands and Switzerland
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What is voluntary euthanasia?
'Assisted suicide'
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What is involuntary euthanasia
When other people decide someone's life should end
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What is passive euthanasia?
The withdrawal of treatment, if the patient requests this then treatment must be stopped.
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Is passive euthanasia legal in the UK?
Yes
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What is active euthanasia?
when deliberate action is taken to end life, using a lethal injection or administrating a fatal does of a drug when someone is dying
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How might a Christian help someone who is dying?
They would work to care for people who are dying by supporting the hospice movement.
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Would a Christian differentiate between different forms of euthanasia? Why?
No, however good the motive, it is still killing.
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Give an example of someone who underwent euthanasia and his motive.
In December 2008, a 23 year old Dan James, who had broken his neck in a rugby accident in March 200, ended his life, supported by his family, and helped by Dignitas, a Swiss clinic specialising in assisted suicide.
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What was suicide once treated as? What was its punishment?
A crime, could receive the death penalty.
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What is suicide sometime known as?
'Self-Murder'
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What is suicide?
When someone ends their own life
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What is a Roman Catholics view on suicide?
It is a sin which would exclude someone from Heaven.
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What used to happen to people's bodies who had committed suicide?
They weren't allowed to be buried in the consecrated grounds of churchyards.
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What is a christians opinion on suicide in the modern day?
They think it is morally wrong, however, their view has moved from being judgemental to compassionate. They have a better understanding of the reasons why someone may want to end their own life e.g depression
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When,by who was the Samaritan Charity set up?
in 1953 by Rev. Chad Varah, a Christian Vicar in the crypt of his London Church
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What is the aim of the Samaritan Charity?
To provide 24 hour telephone counselling for people who feel suicidal and need someone to talk to.
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Why did Rev. Chad Varah set up the Samaritan Charity?
to 'befriend the suicidal and despairing' after conducting the funeral of a 13 year old girl who had killed herself.
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How did Rev. Chad Varah's son, Michael, describe the Samaritans work?
"They give the sad person their total attention. They completely forget themselves. They listen...and listen...and listen without interrupting, we call them samaritans'
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How do the Samaritans provide a 24-hour service? (3)
Via phone, email, letter and face to face.
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