Who Has the Right to a Dignified Death? – The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/22/the-death-treatment

The thought patterns and culture of the post-Christian west. Here is our Athens. Are we up to Paul’s task?

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3 thoughts on “Who Has the Right to a Dignified Death? – The New Yorker

  1. I read this article a couple of days ago with a lot of interest because I, along with many others, think we have made a real and devastating mess of the dying process in the US. I was also fascinated with the way the cultural realities there were described. So, here’s my question to you: how would you offer the gospel to people from a place like Belgium who would have no language overlap with any religious-type words we might use. Seems to me that this is something we need to develop.

    1. I agree 100% that we need to develop that language. I have not done that yet. The utiltarian view of life and meaning in the article has deep roots in our culture as well, and I can’t discern any way to speak of – for instance – the passion in language that makes sense within that culture. I am looking forward to reading Tim Keller’s new book on preaching. I understand one of his big concerns is how to engage the culture. I’m no Calvinist, but I think he’s been thinking about these things longer than I have.

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