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Matters of Life and Death: Euthanasia

‘It is a tragedy when the human spirit dies before the body. But the answer is not to kill the body too, but to revive the spirit.’ ¬†So said¬†Prof Margaret Somerville¬†at a conference on euthanasia held in Wellington a couple of years ago. On Sunday I tried to canvass the arguments on both sides of […]

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New Year’s Guide to Democracy

Pop quiz for those of you who live in, or are interested in, parliamentary democracies, like the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other such wonderful places: What’s the difference between Cabinet and Caucus? What’s the difference between Government and Parliament and the House of Representatives? Can you describe in a paragraph how a law gets […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Dementia and Ageing

I read some of¬†Sandy’s story¬†on Sunday: I am 57¬†and was diagnosed in 2004 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.¬†I was a bank manager and was very active in my community¬†and church. One afternoon, I left work and did not know how to get home.¬†This was the start of a “downhill no return” into the Alzheimer’s world.¬†I am […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

  What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‚Äėend it all‚Äô with morphine? What are the implications of expectant parents having Down‚Äôs Syndrome screening for their unborn babies? How do we cope and make sense of the world when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? I’m filling in […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Series Outline

I am a locum pastor! My homie Stu is off on a well-deserved holiday with his family, and I’m helping hold the fort at Wellington South Baptist Church in Island Bay. Starting this Sunday, I’m preaching a five-week series on bioethics, humanity and hospitality. It’s called Matters of Life and Death and is based on […]

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