Friday, 24 April 2009

Suicide: the taking of one's own life

While no change has occured in the definition of suicide, it would appear that public condemnation of suicide as an act is less than in previous times. Suicide is still recognised by most people as a tragedy but not a sin. This may be related to change in the personal view of life and death and of one's responsibility for life associated with a widespread rejection of Christian views and values. Even prior to 1961, when suicide ceased to be a crime in Enmgland, suicide was not criminal in Scotland. The position of the Church of Scotland on suicide remains clear. It offers compassion and understanding rather than condemnation.


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