No Consensus

Since Jesus voiced no opinions on the subject, the debate over Margo MacDonald’s “end of life” bill has exposed the divisions within the Christian community.

 The Catholic Church’s implacable opposition is based on tradition and the writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.

 However the position of the Orthodox or Eastern Church is much more ambivalent since, under the Code of Justinian, suicide is not considered a sin.

 The modern Kirk was greatly influenced by the Scottish Enlightenment, so many agree with David Hume that it is a grave but condonable choice in certain circumstances.

 It would be interesting to hear the views of other faith groups, especially those of our vibrant Islamic community.


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