Response to Lord Carey and Rabbi Jonathan Romain on ‘doctor assisted dying’

Sep 14, 2021 by

by Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England’s National Adviser on Medical Ethics and Health and Social Care Policy in a letter to the editor, BMJ: The representatives of ‘a new religious alliance in support of doctor assisted dying’ have stated that they wish to counter ‘the impression being conveyed that all faith groups are implacably opposed to changes in the law to help people longing to die on their own terms, without discomfort, indignity, or extreme pain.’ The Church of...

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Who wants to live forever?

Sep 9, 2021 by

The social care crisis can’t be fixed with more money. By Giles Fraser, unherd: Since the beginning of the twentieth century, life expectancy in the West has risen roughly three months per year. In 1900, a new-born child in the US would, on average, live to 47. Now it is about 79; by the end of the century, it will be 100. Some will call this progress — in sanitation, diet, medicine — as if more is always better. But the cost of this “progress” is rarely factored in. £12 billion every...

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Are ABBA afraid of death?

Sep 8, 2021 by

Becoming a hologram is one way to manage mortality, by Mary Harrington, unherd: […] How to stay in control of something – death – that can’t be controlled? This is a generation who grew up amid boundless optimism about the seemingly limitless potential of technology to extend human freedom and potential infinitely, and smash every seemingly natural constraint – even that of biological sex. The invention of the Pill enabled women to defy a previously irreducible difference between the freedom...

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Immortal billionaires? What could go wrong!

Sep 7, 2021 by

Silicon Valley is investing in life-extending technology — should we worry? By Peter Franklin, unherd: According to an eye-popping report in MIT Technology Review, investors in the new company include the tech billionaire Yuri Milner. The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, may also be involved — though that is less clear. This is not the first time something like this has happened: “Altos is certain to draw comparisons to Calico Labs, a longevity company announced in 2013 by Google co-founder,...

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Church of England safeguarding drove Fr Alan Griffin to suicide

Jul 19, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: A priest is dead. That’s okay: all priests die; ashes to ashes, and all that. But this priest killed himself because he was subject to a CDM. That’s a Clergy Discipline Measure, which, for those who have feelings, is perched somewhere between Purgatory and eternal damnation. We’ve talked about this before, and there are some real high-profile cases, but no-one really takes it seriously (except maybe a few in the General Synod), mainly because not enough priests are...

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Dealing with Decay, Dying, and Death

Jul 1, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: Death stinks, as does suffering and decay. But it will not always be with us: The older you get, the more the realities mentioned in my title become so very real. One thing you can count on: as you age, you will start to attend more funerals than weddings. I have known of many folks who were long-time friends or colleagues who are no longer walking on planet earth. And of course I am feeling various aches and pains, and have been in and out of hospital more...

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