Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Interesting article

Here is a interesting and somewhat provocative article by the chair of the philosophy department at the University of Tennessee. He came and spoke to my CPE group about such notions and Euthanasia and a right to die. I did not agree with much of anything the man said, but here is the article:

http://web.utk.edu/~jhardwig/RightTime.htm

Please let me know what you think of this. I'd love to hear some outside feedback.

1 comment:

Voyager said...

This is an interesting, albeit somewhat disturbing, article.

The man has made some good solid points on the right and the duty to die; from a strictly rational standpoint, it might be hard to argue against his statements.

However, his entire argument against the religious aspect of assisted suicide, et al, doesn't hold water with me.

One of the staples of the Judeo-Christian outlook on life and on God is that mankind has free will, and the very argument that he makes flies in the face of this belief.

I don't intend to turn this response into a big debate on free will, but here is how I feel about the concept in question (and how this man apparently perceives it).

Not everything that happens does so according to the will of God. That's the blessing and the cursing of free will; we have the opportunities to screw it up.

The Bible clearly tells us that it is God's will that NONE SHALL PERISH. This does not imply that no one is going to pass from this world, that implies that God wants for all of us to accept life in Jesus Christ and enter into the kingdom of heaven.

This man is attacking the very doctrine of Christianity with a fallacy of Christianity.

Well, before I rant further, I will call it an evening. :)