Last updated on: 9/27/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard C. Eyer, DMin Biography

Title:
Director Emeritus of Concordia Bioethics Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
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
Education:
  • DMin, Bioethics, Trinity International University, 1998
  • Clinical training, hospital ministry, Harper Hospital, Detroit, 1974-1975
  • Graduated, Concordia Seminary
Other:
  • Ordained as a minister in 1965
Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Violate the Hippocratic Oath?