The issue of suicide has sparked intense controversy and debate throughout human history. This volume identifies the multiple, complex meanings of the act from Biblical times to the present. At various points in time, suicide has been viewed as a legal escape from dishonor, an example of the devil's work on earth, a product of mental illness, and a reasonable decision to be made by any adult. This anthology presents arguments both for and against the legitimacy of suicide in a balanced, informed manner.
"Collection of 24 essays that debate the controversial subject of suicide. Religious views presented, as well as current topics such as assisted suicide and teen suicide. Does a great job of providing the reader with opinions on suicide, but more personal stories of people who had attempted suicide would help to give a better perspective. Provides an extensive selection of scholarly opinions."
--PSLA, May 2007
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