Christian Perspectives on the End of Life: Talks available NOW

April 17, 2010

As outlined in a previous post ('Dying Well') CASE hosted its second medical ethics conference on the 27th March 2010 titled 'Christian Perspectives on the End of Life'. It was a follow on from our first medical ethics conference in 2009, 'Medical Ethics: Perspectives on Life and Death'. The speakers were Rev Rod Benson, Dr Russell Clark, Dr Megan Best, Kate Bradford and Dr Frank Brennan.

The talks in MP3 audio file format are available free from the CASE website (links below).

Rev Rod Benson an ethicist and public theologian spoke from the Bible on a 'Biblical View of Death'

Dr Russell Clarke a geriatrician provided a medical perspective on what it means to age in his talk 'Attitudes to Ageing: Biological and Biblical Insights'.

Dr Megan Best a bioethecist and palliative care doctor spoke on 'The Ethical Dilemmas of Euthanasia'.

Kate Bradford (a former CMS missionary in Tanzania) and Anglican Chaplain at the Westmead Children's Hospital spoke on 'What Can We Say? Sharing Christian Faith With People Facing End of Life Issues.'

Dr Frank Brennan, a Palliative Care Physician spoke about 'The Ethical Challenges of Palliative Care'.

Dr Megan Best also presented a talk on the newer issue of 'Advanced Directives'.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor 4:16-18).

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If you'd like to link to the site all six talks can be found here.

Talks by Dr John Wyatt at the 2009 New College Lectures titled ‘Bioethics and Future Hope’ (here)

Previous post on ‘Matters of Life and Death’ (here)

Other resources on medical ethics on the CASE website (here)

Case magazine on the theme 'Living and Dying Ethically' (here)

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