Whether we like it or not, many of us will face paralyzingly difficult end of life decisions for loved ones. Often these decisions have no clear cut Biblical answer and the choice of whether to remove a feeding tube or breathing machine requires significant pastoral and medical consultation along with extensive prayer. Unfortunately, there’s a lack of materials available on end of life topics from a Christian perspective, but here are a few to provide some guidance when thinking through the issues.
Papers and articles
- This paper by Dennis Sullivan walks through a case study on a patient and addresses the question of when letting someone die is appropriate. The author bases his answer on three principles 1) All human life is sacred 2) God is sovereign over life and death and 3) No patient is beyond Christ’s compassion
- Robert Orr and Gilbert Meilander discuss the points to consider with regard to feeding tubes
- The Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University
- The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity University. It provides a bibliography of books on the topic of end of life decisions. Note that not all of them are written from a Christian perspective