Terra Es Animata: On Having a Life
Hastings Center Report. 1993 Jul-Aug; 23(4): 25-32.
To live the risen life with God is, presumably, to be what we are meant to be. What can we conclude about our duties to the dying from the medieval belief that we join the hosts of heaven as "animated earth"?...How wrong we would be to suppose that ours is a materialistic age, when everything we hold central to our person is separated from the animated earth that is the body....That bioethics is in danger of losing the body in search of the person is hard to understand, unless in our own way we believe that we deserve to be gods.
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethics; Brain; Brain Pathology; Christian Ethics; Chronically Ill; Competence; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Dementia; Ethics; Family Members; Futility; Historical Aspects; Life; Living Wills; Persistent Vegetative State; Personhood; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Right to Die; Self Concept; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Theology; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Value of Life; Wills;