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Application of Scripture in Healthcare Decision Making Jerome R. Wernow Ph.D., R.Ph. Director NW Center for Bioethics.

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1 Application of Scripture in Healthcare Decision Making Jerome R. Wernow Ph.D., R.Ph. Director NW Center for Bioethics

2 Guidelines Descriptive ethical clarification (i.e. Robert Orr’s Model) Correlation with Scripture Correlation with tradition of faith community Correlation with culture and history Spiritual illumination Telos: facilitates witness of eternal life

3 Application Graduated Weighting of Five Criteria

4 Example of Physician Assisted- Suicide Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Descriptive ethical clarification – Orr Correlation with Scripture Correlation with faith community Correlation with culture and history Spiritual illumination

5 Correlation with Scripture Job 2:9-10; 32:1; 38:1-2; 42:1-6 Philippians 1: Samuel 31:4-5 Judges 16:28-31 Matthew 27:3-5

6 Example of Physician Assisted- Suicide Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Descriptive ethical clarification – Orr Correlation with Scripture Correlation with faith community Correlation with culture and history Spiritual illumination

7 Correlation with Faith Community Roman Catholic Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Declaration on Euthanasia (Vatican, May 5, 1980)Declaration on Euthanasia

8 Declaration on Euthanasia THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE DEFINED EUTNANASIA MEANING OF SUFFERING FOR CHRISTIANS AND THE USE OF PAINKILLERS DUE PROPORTION IN THE USE OF REMEDIES

9 Example of Physician Assisted- Suicide Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Descriptive ethical clarification – Orr Correlation with Scripture Correlation with faith community Correlation with culture and history Spiritual illumination

10 Ephesians 1: I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.


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