Right To Die?

Unpicking the arguments for assisted suicide

Right To Die? explores the debate around assisted suicide and euthanasia. The case for assisted suicide seems compelling — surely it cannot be wrong to help desperate people in terrible circumstances to kill themselves?

In this short book I try to navigate these arguments engaging both hearts and heads, and above all the Biblical narrative. There are practical and compassionate alternatives to assisted suicide and, as many who have gone before us have found, the end of our lives on this earth may turn out to be a strange and wonderful opportunity for growth and healing.

Some of these themes are also picked up in its companion volume, Dying Well.

With characteristic empathy, sensitivity and intellectual rigour, John Wyatt dissects the popular but specious arguments in favour of assisted suicide and issues a bold summons to the medical profession to remain faithful to its vocation of alleviating suffering rather than killing patients. 

Vinoth Ramachandra

Explodes the popular myths behind the campaign for assisted dying and proposes a better way. Every caring Christian should read this. It’s a matter of life and death. 

Michael Wenham

As parliamentary pressure continues and many are swayed by the media, Right to Die? remains true to the Bible, while making an overwhelming case that is both evidence-based and ethics-based. 

Dr Andrew Fergusson

John Wyatt thoughtfully navigates this highly sensitive, emotive and complex issue, providing a helpful resource with which to understand assisted suicide within the Christian narrative of upholding, protecting and cherishing the inherent value and dignity of every individual.

Amelia Abplanalp

John Wyatt helpfully addresses most areas surrounding the reasons for/against euthanasia in a helpful thought-provoking way before taking the subject matter further by looking at it from a position of practical compassion from scripture and concluding with practical ways to support loved ones at the end of their lives.

Rev Stuart Murdoch, chaplain at Strathcarron Hospice

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