Assisted Suicide

Christian compassion, convictions and wisdom for today's big issues

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Surveys the Christian worldview and helps us to apply it to the complex questions surrounding assisted suicide.

Part of the Talking Points series.

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In this short book, Vaughan Roberts briefs Christians on the complex questions surrounding assisted suicide. He surveys the Christian worldview and helps us to apply its principles as we navigate life and death in a society with contrasting values.

Talking Points is a series of short books by Vaughan Roberts, designed to help Christians think, talk and relate to others with compassion, conviction and wisdom about today’s big issues.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. A complex problem
  • 2. A growing problem
  • 3. The right to die?
  • 4. The case against
  • 5. Facing death
  • Further reading
  • Discussion guide

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Author Vaughan Roberts
ISBN 9781784981938
Format Paperback
First published March 2017
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 7mm
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

Andrew Moore

Apologist for the Zacharias Trust and Director of the RZIM Festival of Thought

This little book on Assisted Suicide is a very helpful resource for anyone coming to consider the difficult question of the place of human choice at the end of life for the first time. With a tone both sensitive and authentic in its shaping by personal experience, Vaughan Roberts offers an erudite yet accessible survey of an issue set only to increase in significance as the realities of changing demographics materialise. Placing the common arguments in favour of the legalisation of Assisted Suicide under the microscope of a Biblical world-view, Roberts articulates the unique message of truth and hope which Christians can, must, speak as they themselves embody the costly and redeeming love necessary to make real dignity in dying available to everyone. Handy definitions of terms, discussion guides and recommendations for further reading will prove invaluable to those who want to progress to more detailed thinking on the issue.

Ruth Coffey

Lecturer in Pastoral Care, Moorlands College

This is a topic that won’t go away. And the voices that argue for assisted suicide are shouting louder. Here is a small, yet timely contribution that offers a clearly argued biblical response. The discussion questions help focus our minds on end of life issues and will prompt thoughtful reflection. We cannot remain silent, and this book encourages us to make a positive contribution to the debate.

Dr Kirsten Birkett

Lecturer in ethics and philosophy, Oak Hill Theological College

A clear and valuable summary of important issues surrounding death and assisted dying. Vaughan writes with compassion and pastoral understanding, as well as biblical integrity.

Independent reviews

Compact, constructive and compassionate

Ruth Eardley, Macarisms, August 1st 2017

Vaughan Roberts has produced a fabulous little book which is very like the Tardis (bigger on the inside that the outside) … Compact, constructive and compassionate, there is also a flexible and detailed discussion guide at the end. Best of all, the book is Christocentric—his suffering was not meaningless and neither is ours.... continue reading

Assisted Suicide

Dave MacDonald, Macarisms, October 5th 2018

Assisted Suicide offers a Christian framework for the journey. If you are a Christian then I suggest you read it, preferably with others. If you’re not, then I believe you will still benefit by considering the issues raised by Roberts.... continue reading

Customer reviews


“An excellent book”

With Skill and Compassion Vaughn Roberts deals with a very difficult and growing subject. He does so from a thoroughly Biblical perspective, not ducking any of the questions that arise as thinking Christian consider this subject.
As a retired Baptist Minister, I wish I had had a copy of this book when I was actively involved in Pastoring. It is a book, albeit a brief one, that could be read profitably by every Christian but especially by serving Ministers.

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