Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now.
DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters and can be played in any zone
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This is the question put to me by a person who holds a Master’s Degree in philosophy and who is about to graduate as a medical doctor.
I asked him to write up what he was thinking, and this is what he wrote …
This is in response to the arguments for and against euthanasia typified by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) and Euthanasia-Free NZ (EFNZ) respectively.
There are two distinct, key issues currently being debated in NZ generally and by VES and EFNZ specifically:
There are other important issues that are not really in question, that I think should be separated from the current debate. For example:
Going back to those two key issues, I think they are quite different, in terms of category, and this should be acknowledged.
I believe that in the current debate, both the VES and EFNZ are guilty of eliding the two issues in a manner that is not entirely honest.
Because of the failure to make this distinction, the debate slips and slides between the two major issues.
In any case, I think it is obvious that answering the objections raised by each side would do nothing to budge those whose fundamental convictions have already been made.
Furthermore, to have the conversation honestly around the second issue, would need a worldview that would allow PAS, which EFNZ cannot do.
Because of the above points, the arguments from both sides then, are directed at those who do not have a fundamental conviction, and are open to persuasion.
Three other points:
The writer wished to remain anonymous. But we think he has raised some interesting points and questions.
What do you think? Would it be more honest, perhaps also more effective, to state that we believe there is a God, that life is a gift from God, and that God alone has the right to end life. Further, we believe that everyone will one day come face-to-face with God and have to account for their actions in this life.
Please let us know your thoughts.
Glyn Carpenter was National Director of New Zealand Christian Network from March 2003 to 2017. He attends Northcote Baptist Church in Auckland, is married to Christine (married in 1981), and they have three sons – two working as doctors and one in computer science.
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