Euthanasia: Some theological considerations for living responsibly

Despite its ubiquity, death is rarely spoken of at length in public.
Despite its rarity, assisted dying has taken a high profile in recent public discourse.

This is an important discussion, and Revd Dr Jason Goroncy, of the University of Divinity’s Whitley College, asks what it means for

“Christians (who) have made a habit of caring for, and of living and worshipping with, the dying and the dead.”

We are grateful to Sage Publications, publishers of the University’s journal, Pacifica, for making this article available for us to offer to the public discourse.

— Revd Dr John Capper, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Divinity


This article articulates some of the main arguments both for and against euthanasia under the circumstances being envisaged by the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee. More particularly, its concern is to attend to some of the theological issues germane to the subject. To this end, it identifies and discusses six arguments for and six arguments against legalizing voluntary euthanasia. It concludes with an appeal to the economy of the divine life as the most responsible lens through which the Christian community thinks about and engages with this issue.

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