Culture of Life or Death?


One of the big issues facing us in 2015 is whether it will be the year when our society becomes more a culture of death rather than a culture of life. The proposals to change our local law on abortion, as well as Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill at Westminster, will force us to think again about the “edges” of human life, and how such life can be protected. If you haven’t yet signed up for The Church in the Public Square conference on 22 January, you should do so now. Telephone 028 9020 5080 or email to register.

While some notable writers and clerics have claimed recently that an “overwhelming majority” of the public now supports a change in the law on assisted dying, many Christians have serious reservations about a bill that would license doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to people who choose to end their lives. The traditional Christian view is that we contribute to a just and compassionate society when we devote ourselves to care, not killing, and to building a community where the weakest and most vulnerable people are protected, whether they are innocent babies or vulnerable people who are frail, sick or elderly.

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