False “Christian” Consensus

Those who claim that Christianity is implacably against physician assisted death base their arguments on Augustine and Thomas Aquinas rather than Jesus. However, under the Code of Justinian, the Byzantine Christian attitude to assisted suicide is much more ambivalent and suicide is certainly not considered a sin. The suggestion that such action interferes with “God’s master plan for the world” could equally be made against the use of antibiotics. I am not alone among Christian ethicists in siding with David Hume and arguing it is a grave but condonable choice in certain circumstances. Spokesmen from the mainline churches should speak for themselves and not attempt to parade a false “Christian” consensus.


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