A United Methodist Approach to End-of-Life Decisions: Intentional Ambiguity or Ambiguous Intentions
Thobaben, James R.
Christian Bioethics. 1997 Dec; 3(3): 222-248.
The position of the United Methodist Church on end-of-life decisions is best described as intentional ambiguity or ambiguous intentions or both. The paper analyzes the official position of the denomination and then considers the actions of a U.M.C. bishop who served as a foreman for a trial of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. In an effort to find some common ground within an increasingly divided denomination, the work concludes with a consideration of the work of John Wesley and his approach to human death.
Active Euthanasia; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Clergy; Competence; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Dissent; Ethics; Euthanasia; Historical Aspects; Hospices; Life; Organizational Policies; Pain; Pastoral Care; Personhood; Physicians; Protestant Ethics; Quality of Life; Suffering; Suicide; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Terminology; Theology; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Uncertainty; Vulnerable Populations; Withholding Treatment;
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