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New College Lectures
The 2009 New College Lectures offered a Christian perspective on the impact of technology on contemporary medical practices. The series of lectures were called Bioethics and Future Hope and covered topics such as bioethics and creation, redemption and future hope.
New College is a residential college providing accommodation at the University of New South Wales. New College is committed to providing an environment for men and women to grow intellectually, socially and spiritually and regularly presents opportunities for Bible studies, weekly fellowship, discipleship and training and other activities designed to share understanding of the Christian faith.
On 21 March 2009, the Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education (CASE) ran a conference focusing on significant issues in the field of medicine, called Christian Perspectives on Life and Death. An MP3 talk by Andrew Cole on ‘Why Should Christians be Interested in Ethics in Medicine’ is available for free download on the Case website. A CD containing MP3 audio files for some of the other talks of the conference is available for $15
Withdrawal of treatment
A slightly different but related issue that is frequently discussed are the questions around the withdrawal of treatment. Should family members, health care professionals, or other surrogate decision-makers be permitted to make the decision to withdraw treatment or artificial nutrition and hydration, when such withdrawal will inevitably lead to death? The religious perspectives on this debate were discussed in a 2005 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia, in an article called 'Religious perspectives on withdrawal of treatment from patients with multiple organ failure'. In this article, Andrew Cameron provides some insights into the evangelical Protestant/Anglican perspective.
Please note that we do not necessarily endorse the other views represented in this article.
Euthanasia's "Unproductive Burdens" - World Council for Life and Family
David Van Gend has written an extremely insightful piece into how euthanasia will change the fabric of our society, entitled 'Euthanasia's "Unproductive Burdens"'. In this article, he looks at views that have been provided in public by thoughtful and respected Australian leaders on why it might be our duty to 'euthanise ourselves' once we have become unproductive and burdensome. He considers practices from ancient Japanese and Inuit cultures which practiced 'voluntary' euthanasia once a person reached a certain age and was no longer a productive member of society, and warns us of following this path in Australia.