Director Emeritus of Concordia Bioethics Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The first function of the Law is to curb sin in the world. It is possible to legislate morality, at least to discourage trends toward certain behaviors. We can discourage the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia because in many people's thinking, what becomes legal is therefore moral. The Law, even as civil law, functions as God’s way to control the outbreak of sinful behavior in society. There is built into us the Law as a moral sense that there are limits God has placed upon us as human beings for our protection from each other and from ourselves. The Law as curb attempts to control outward behavior. It does not change the heart so that we think differently, but the Law does cause us to hesitate in taking human life into our own hands. The Law tells us what we must not do. 'We must not kill.'"
"Bioethics and the Culture of Death: Law & Gospel in End of Life Decision Making," available at www.lcms.org, Aug. 2002
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director Emeritus, Concordia Bioethics Institute, Concordia University Wisconsin, 1995-present
Director of Counseling, Concordia University Wisconsin, 1995-present
Recipient, Dominus Vitae Award from Lutherans for Life, 1990
Director, Pastoral Care, Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, 1976-1995
Director, Pastoral Care, Grace Hospital, Detroit, 1975-1976
Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1970-1974.
Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1965-1969
DMin, Bioethics, Trinity International University, 1998