• Death •
March 4, 2009
“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.” This is the prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 71:9. Like so many before and after him, the Psalmist fears being forsaken when he is old. In our own times, this concern takes on an entirely new magnitude, as the ranks of the elderly and aged grow at an unprecedented rate.
October 23, 2008
Several years ago, Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon offered the persuasive argument that America has embraced what she calls “rights talk.” The assertion of rights is now the standard way to effect social change or, in the case of individuals, to have your own way. “Rights talk” is what remains when a cultural consensus about right and wrong evaporates.
May 6, 2008
Does the biblical worldview inform the way Christians should think about death? Ligon Duncan thinks so and has written a helpful book to help Christians think biblically on the subject. On today’s program, Duncan joins Dr. Mohler for a conversation about his recent book, Fear Not! Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective.
August 20, 2007
When a Texas church recently made headlines for withdrawing its offer to host a funeral for a man who they discovered had been a practicing homosexual, they garnered a barrage of media attention. If churches want to avoid such embarrassing episodes, they have to carefully think through their policies on weddings and funerals.
August 9, 2007
The state of Oregon legalized a form of assisted suicide in 1994, but its neighbor to the south, the nation’s most populous state, has no such provision. Efforts in California to pass legislation allowing assisted suicide have failed five times over the past fifteen years. California has adopted liberal legislation on any number of controversial issues, but not this one. Why? Assisted suicide proposals have been thwarted by disability rights activists.
August 2, 2007
The scenes from Minneapolis are frightening, tragic, and sobering. In this age of technological marvels and engineering achievements we expect buildings to stay on the ground, airplanes to stay in the air, and bridges to stay in place. The sudden and catastrophic collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis — just as rush hour was coming to a close — challenges some of our most comforting assumptions.
July 12, 2007
Do Western ideals of human autonomy and the alleviation of human suffering demand a much broader idea of euthanasia and assisted suicide? Some bioethicists are increasingly suggesting they do, arguing that even those diagnosed as mentally ill should have access to assisted suicide. On today’s program, Russell Moore welcomes Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at…
July 2, 2007
Germany’s most influential newsmagazine, Der Spiegel, reports that a new television channel there will concentrate 24/7 on issues related to death, dying, aging, and mourning. This may be the inevitable result of Europe’s secularization, and on this score America may not be far behind.
May 21, 2007