Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(9), pp. 312-318 October 2010         
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Review

The sanctity of human life in the twenty first century: the challenge of euthanasia and assisted suicide

 1*Emeka C. Ekeke (Rev) and 2Ephraim A. Ikegbu

 1Department of Religious Studies, University of Calabar, PMB 1115, Calabar, Nigeria

2Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, PMB 1115, Calabar, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author Email: revekekemekus@yahoo.com

Received 22 August, 2010; Accepted 24 September, 2010

Abstract

Human life is sacred. The heartless and heinous destruction of human life in the name of euthanasia and assisted suicide is a great threat to the sanctity of human life which great books of religions enjoin. This paper seeks to examine from the Christian point of view, practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide which has become a great challenge to the sanctity of human life. It recommends among others that euthanasia and assisted suicide should be stopped because human life is valuable irrespective of how debilitated, deformed or degraded in human sight such life might look at a particular time.

Keyword: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Sanctity, Human Life