Year: 1989 Source: Journal of Religious Ethics, v.17, (1989), p.103-121 SIEC No: 20021084

Claims that life is God’s property or gift have been prominent among reasons for rejecting the choice of death as morally legitimate. This essay examines the worth of arguments based upon such claims, considering what assumptions these arguments would require and what implications an approach based on them might have for particular types of cases. The essay concludes with a reflection on the role of significant metaphors in moral judgment. (22 refs)