Concordia Theological Monthly

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euthanasia, voluntary death, christian, clergymen, protestant

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The word euthanasia (eu, well; thanatos, death) was formerly used merely to speak of an easy, painless death. It is now being used in the sense of an intentional cutting short of life in the case of disease, or illness, that may be pronounced incurable and is at the same time very painful-mercy killing. There is little literature on this subject. Consulting a number of encyclopedias, I found that some of them do not consider the subject of sufficient importance and interest to be spoken of at all; even one of the recent encyclopedias does not mention it. And those which mention it tell us that religion, law, and medical ethics condemn self-destruction in every form.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Mark 5:25-34; Job 2:9; Job 10:8-12; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 12:11; Proverbs 13:24; 1 John 3:15; Job 1:22; Job 1:21; Acts 17:26; Psalm 139:13-16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars