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Essay: Christian responses and perspectives on euthanasia and assisted suicide

“I am the author of my fate” proclaimed the poet William Henley and countless millions of proud individualists after him. But authentic Christian faith starts with a humble and humbling acceptance that there is an objective reality that is outside ourselves, and that is greater than us. I am not the centre of my own universe. I am part of a bigger narrative. The ultimate meaning of our human nature is given to us by our Creator, and the way of wisdom is to live our lives in tune with the way that we and the rest of the universe have been made. As theologian Gilbert Meilaender put it “we are most ourselves not when we seek to direct and control our destiny, but when we recognize and admit that our life is grounded in and sustained by God”…

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