Despite its title, this is not a morbid or depressing book, but one that it is hoped will bring encouragement and comfort to all who are experiencing life's difficulties, even to the point of wondering if they wish to continue living. However, the question of whether or not it is morally acceptable for people to receive help to end their lives prematurely is a divisive one, but it is one that cannot be ignored. Some countries have already legalized voluntary euthanasia, whilst others are still wrestling with this ethical dilemma. We all hope that we will never be faced with this situation but, if it does arise, where can we turn for help and guidance? The Bible is one useful resource, as over fifty passages have been identified that relate to coping with desperate life circumstances, along with a few instances where a life has been ended prematurely. In addition to identifying and discussing these passages, this book also provides helpful background on the history of the biblical sources used, along with factors influencing their interpretation. Reading this book should provide strength and courage to persevere through life's adversities. ""Dr. Lowis says the timeless wisdom of past ages can speak to our modern dilemmas. He shows there are no easy answers, but carefully setting out the issues, he puts the reader in a position to better understand and grapple with the subject for themselves. This highly readable book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, including students of theology and medicine and those with a pastoral concern looking to the Bible for help."" --Peter Cansfield, Former Special Lecturer and Consultant in Public Health Medicine ""Dr Michael J. Lowis poses the question 'What would we do if someone very close to us had a terminal illness, and pleaded with us to find a way to help them end their life so that they could be at peace?' This book conducts a balanced enquiry into how the Bible, whether interpreted literally or allegorically, assists with those difficult moral and ethical questions. A most thought-provoking read for everyone "" --Ross W. Prior, Professor, University of Wolverhampton, UK Michael J. Lowis holds a doctorate in psychology, and has recently completed his studies for a theology degree. Although now retired from full-time work as a university lecturer in the UK, he is retained in an honorary position at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Dr Lowis has authored over fifty academic articles and book chapters on both religious and secular topics. His first book was The Gospel Miracles: What really happened?
Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Lowis, Michael J.
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.20d
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