Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Gregory Koukl, MA Biography

Title:
Founder and President of Stand to Reason
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I believe that life is a gift from God and we must answer to Him for how we use our life. Therefore, we don’t have the liberty to take our life; it’s not ours to take … life is not the most important thing in life. Of course I’m speaking here from a Christian world view, but there’s more to life than life. We do not go through life as the sole goal being to stay alive as long as possible. There are some things that some people hopefully feel are transcendent values that they would give their life for…

In other words, life is not the kind of thing that we can arbitrarily take at our whim or our decision because it has some deeper fundamental value. It is not just instrumental value to us, it has intrinsic value, a value all its own.

This decision to allow suicide under the circumstances, or any euthanasia frankly, makes serious assumptions about what happens on the other side of the grave…. But what if suicide doesn’t end their suffering? What if suicide ushers them into deeper and greater suffering, suffering beyond their wildest imagination? In that sense, helping them to commit suicide would not be a loving thing to do, it would be a cruel thing to do.”

Stand to Reason radio show commentary, (accessed July 26, 2007)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Stand to Reason, 1993-Present
  • Adjunct Professor in Apologetics, Biola University,2006-Present
  • Host of “Stand to Reason,” a live weekly radio talk show, 1998-Present
  • William W. Bass Memorial Scholarship award for significant achievement in seminary studies in Philosophy or theology, 2006
  • Member Kappa Tau Epsilon, Talbot Scholastic Honor Society, 2006
  • Lecturer of Apologetics, Talbot Institute of Biblical Studies, 1992-1998
  • Lecturer of Christian Apologetics Program, Biola University, 1997-2005
  • Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Award, Evangelical Press Association, 2002
  • MA Student of the Year, Simon Greenleaf University, 1994
  • Martin Luther Award for Academic Performance, Simon Greenleaf University, 1994
  • Dean, Hope Chapel Ministry Institute, 1986-1994
  • Editor in Chief, Magazine of Hope, Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, CA, 1986-1989
  • Volunteer, Food for the Hungry International, Thailand, 1982
Education:
  • MA, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, 2006
  • MA, Christian Apologetics, Simon Greenleaf University, 1994
  • BA, Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University, 1977
  • Studied at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1973-74
  • Studied at Michigan State University, 1970-72
  • Studied at Northern Illinois University, 1969-70
Other:
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