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All articles & reviews tagged with Death

Article

April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Longing to depart?

I’m checking my email. The usual assortment of junk mail, appointment reminders, freecycle offers, and invitations to share the hoarded fortunes of African presidents… Delete without opening. Delete without opening. Delete without opening. But then an email I know I have to read. And re-read. And read again. It’s from a friend whom I…

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Article

March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A good death

A good death. It sounds innocent enough in English. But put this as euthanasia, a transliteration from the Greek, ‘eu’ (good) and ‘thanatos’ (death), and you have a very different feeling, don’t you? Euthanasia is a word now avoided by those campaigning to kill off the unwanted. So the Voluntary Euthanasia Society became Dignity…

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Article

February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

I fear God, and I’m afraid of God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Not only that, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the Christian life. The Bible makes it clear that to love God, to honour God, to obey God, we must fear God. But ‘fear’ is a word with many dimensions, many…

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Article

August 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The last enemy: The fight of faith and the pilgrimage

Last month we reflected on death and how our society and our churches have been freshly challenged about its reality and power. We began to think about how we need to learn how to face the challenge of our last enemy. Paul uses this language in 1 Corinthians 15:26 for our Lord Christ’s conquest…

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News

July 2020
News > Ethics

Judge decides patient can die rather than live with stoma bag

A judge has ruled that a patient with bowel problems should be allowed to die rather than live with a stoma bag. A stoma is an opening in the abdomen and a bag is attached to collect faeces or urine. One bowel cancer charity said it was ‘tragic’ that death is seen as a…

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Article

July 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The last enemy

Covid-19 has changed our society in many ways, and one of these is its view of death. For the pandemic has shaken our complacent confidence about sickness and death, hasn’t it? Just as the early 21st century disproved the late 20th century claim by Fukuyama that the end of history had arrived with the…

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Article

May 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Put your house in order… The importance of making a will

As I write this, we’re a few days into the coronavirus ‘lockdown’. A couple of weeks ago, people were just realising the seriousness of the crisis that was soon to engulf the country. The phone rang. It was an old friend who wanted some advice. She spoke first to my wife and then my…

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