Euthanasia and futile care: further Orthodox Christian commentary by physicians, scholars, etc.

Dr. H. Tristam Engelhardt is a physician and an Orthodox Christian bioethicist; I am on the last chapter of his book The Foundation of Christian Ethics, a monumental work. He has also written the following works which bear directly on our focus:

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. “Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Another Battle in the Culture Wars.” Physician-Assisted Suicide, eds. Loretta Kopelman and Kenneth De Ville: 29-41.

H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. “Physician-Assisted Suicide Reconsidered.” Christian Bioethics, 4 (1998) : 143-167.

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. “Redefining Death: The Mirage of Consensus.” The Definition of Death (1999) : 319-331.

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. “From Abortion to Euthanasia: Rethinking the Value of Life at the End of the Christian Age .” Life-The Human Being Between Life and Death (2000) : 195-207.

Also Futile care for the critically ill patient, available online for a fee

 Moral Pluralism and the Crisis of Secular Bioethics: Why Orthodox Christian Bioethics has the Solution 

Also, Death and Life After Christendom, from the Touchstone Magazine archives:  And here is his profile from Orthowiki:

 Here is the “futile care” category page on a site by an Orthodox Christian who is an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician:

Here is a case study, Care of an Unresponsive Patient with a Poor Prognosis, by Arthur S. Slutsky, M.D. and Leonard D. Hudson, M.D. There are 3 options listed; under option 2, (Write a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order and Transfer the Patient to a Skilled Nursing Facility) in the comments, there are responses by some Greek physicians, one of whom (George Nikos) explains his position with reference to the Orthodox Church:

This unnamed blogger, most surely an Orthodox Christian, provides a concise post with Some links with info on the Terri Schiavo case:  An expose of the horror and injustice of her tragic manner of death.

Khorea Frederica Matthewes-Green has also, through the years, thoughtfully commented on Euthanasia:


This is the last of the 4 posts which have been meant to be Orthodox Christian resources toward the discernment of a stance on futile care. My prayer is that our God-loving Hierarchs and Spiritual Fathers, together with all  Orthodox Christians of true worship, will be granted the wisdom to discern these matters with Light from above, as the issues come before us in a personal way, as they surely will.


2 Responses to “Euthanasia and futile care: further Orthodox Christian commentary by physicians, scholars, etc.”

  1. 1 mamajuliana August 1, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Thank you for putting all of this information in one place!

    I am meeting with the hospice ‘team’ for my father this coming Tuesday morning. He is in the last stages of Alzheimer’s…Thank you!


  1. 1 Euthanasia and futile care « Arms Open Wide Trackback on August 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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