Euthanasia: does eschatology matter?

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Tage Kurtén
Editors: Sigurd Bergmann
Place: Abingdon, New York
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Book title: Eschatology as Imagining the End. Faith Between Hope and Despair
Title of series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
Start page: 61
End page: 87
ISBN: 9781138481367
eISBN: 978-1-351-06055-4


This chapter
analyses the concepts of hope and eschatology related to questions of
Euthanasia. The author
emphasizes the rapid change of attitudes in the current Nordic societies with
regard to both suicide and euthanasia. He takes his point of departure in
the novel “Grace” by Linn Ullman. This story is connected with the Nordic cultural
context, where secular modernity meets a late modern, post-secular mentality.
Furthermore he asks in what way these different cultural frameworks influence
our possibility to deal with questions of life and death, and how eschatology
will find different expressions within those different cultural frames.

In a
multicultural situation the question of euthanasia must remain quite open,
according to the author. There are no once and for all given answers to these
kinds of questions. Pointing to our ambivalent cultural situation with two
different frames shaping people's views of life the chapter shows that
eschatology matters – and why. It matters within both frames. However, the
author urges that eschatology comes closer to concrete human life when
understood within a late modern setting.

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