Playing God: Fifty Religions' Views on Your Right to Die

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Moyer Bell, 1996 - Philosophy - 477 pages
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"Once upon a time, physicians had only to place a feather beneath the nose of a patient to determine if he or she was "lifeless." Modern science has eclipsed such methods, and brought with it new dilemmas. Euthanasia, physician-assisted death, suicide, DNR (Do-not-resuscitate) - all are sticky modern questions which strike to the heart of American religious and moral beliefs." "Playing God offers readers a voice of reason - a spiritual resource guide they can use to make their own informed moral stand. Dr. Larue has probed 50 religions from around the world about their attitudes toward the "right to die." His in-depth profiles include Judaism, Roman Catholic, Greek and Russian Orthodox, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Baptist, Congregational, Mennonite, Moravian, Society of Friends (Quaker), Church of Nazarene, Jehovah's Witness, Seventh-Day Adventist, Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Christian Science, Unification, Theosophical Society, American Ethical Union, American Humanist Association, Islam, Baha'is, Hinduism, and Buddhism." "In each chapter Larue reproduces official documents issued by that particular religion, and talks unofficially with both named and unnamed religious leaders. The final chapter reproduces the full text of Oregon's Measure 16 - the Death with Dignity Act - with comments on the controversial bill."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Introduction
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Acknowledgments
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Foreword
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Gerald A. Larue is an adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California and emeritus professor of biblical history and archaeology at USC's School of Religion.

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