Frailty, need and dying do not fit well into a society that emphasizes self-determination, sovereignty and activity. When the ideal of the liberal image of the person can no longer be recognized in one’s own reflection, uncomfortable and often suppressed questions become unavoidable: along with our life, do we also have authority over our death? How far does human self-determination go and what scope should it have? What can a person assert a right to? What should happen when suffering, pain, and the experience of meaninglessness become overwhelming and almost unbearable?
These questions also challenge the church and theological ethics. What do the Bible, the Christian tradition and a carefully reflective ethics say about the drama of extraordinary human situations? What are their implications for a dignified death? The statements prepared by the PCS present answers to these questions from a church and social perspective.