Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging

Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging

by Gilbert Meilaender


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In Should We Live Forever? Christian ethicist Gilbert Meilaender puzzles over the implications of the medical advances that have lengthened the human life span, wrestling with what this quest for living longer means for our conception of living well and completely. As he points out in his introduction, "That we often desire, even greedily desire, longer life is clear; whether what we desire is truly desirable is harder to say."

The six chapters of this book take multiple perspectives on issues surrounding aging and invite readers to consider whether "indefinitely more life" is something worth pursuing and, if humans are created for life with God, whether longer life will truly satisfy our underlying hunger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802868695
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/14/2013
Pages: 135
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Gilbert Meilaender is Phyllis and Richard DuesenbergProfessor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University inIndiana and a member of the President's Council onBioethics. His many other books include Faith andFaithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics;Body, Soul, and Bioethics; and Things That Count:Essays Moral and Theological.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 How Shall We Think about Aging? 1

2 Transitional Humanity 21

3 Hoping to Live Forever 39

4 A Generative Life 57

5 Patience 75

6 A Complete Life 89

Afterword 107

Index 115

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