How Should We Then Die? with Ewan Goligher

Ewan Goligher joins Matt and Alastair to discuss the increasingly prominent issue of assisted suicide and formulate a Christian response.

Ewan Goligher has written a book making a clear and strong argument against euthanasia and for the intrinsic value of human life. He joins Matt and Alastair to discuss many fine points of this complex and knotty issue, including the history of the legality of euthanasia in Canada, the ethical implications of suicide, the good of death, and the intrinsic value of a human’s existence.  

Links Mentioned: 

Lexham Press Book of the Month 

Merrie Band 

Ewan Goligher 

The 2015 Carter v. Canada case that legalized euthanasia in Canada 

Sue Rodriguez v. British Colombia 

The Patient as Person: Explorations in Medical Ethics, by Paul Ramsey [affiliate link] 

Wittgenstein on Suicide 

The first answer of the Heidelberg catechism 

Ars Moriendi

The Book of the Month is HOW SHOULD WE THEN DIE? A Christian Response to Physician-Assisted Death, by Ewan C. Goligher. A physician, Goligher draws from general revelation and Scripture to persuade and equip Christians to oppose physician-assisted death. Proponents of euthanasia presume what it is like to be dead. But for Christians, death is not the end. Christ Jesus has destroyed death and brought life and immortality through the gospel. Through the end of May, Mere Fidelity listeners can get 40% off this title with the code MEREFIDELITYMAY24 at


Keep Us Going
A Sudden Change in Canada
A Reaction from the Church
Autonomy of Physicians
Whose Prima Facie?
Intrinsic Value
Suicide qua Suicide
Death as a Witness
Death as a Mercy
Creatures in Time

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