Theologie

Eilert Herms

Assistierter Suizid

Das Urteil des BVerfG vom 26. Februar 2020 und seine Pointe – theologische Beurteilung – Konsequenzen für das pfarramtliche Handeln

Jahrgang 119 () / Heft 2, S. 144-173 (30)
Publiziert 20.06.2022

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DOI: 10.1628/zthk-2022-0011
The reasoning behind the Federal Constitutional Court's ruling on assisted suicide is analysed and its long-term significance highlighted in this essay. Two weaknesses in the judgment (the blurring of the narrow limits of »autonomous self-determination« and the social negativity of every suicide) do not detract from its strength in adhering to the ideological/ethical equidistance of the legal order. For whether suicide corresponds to or contradicts the dignity of being human is only possible to determine on the basis of a content-filled view of the destiny given to man, something the state does not have at its disposal. It only has the certainty of existence personally shared by its citizens. Such a certainty is the Christian certainty (expressed in the first person singular) in which suicide cannot be desired or approved, nor can help be offered, although it can be granted in special cases upon unavoidable request. Action within the church must contribute to ensuring that assisted suicide in particular does not become a »social matter of course« and also ensure that appropriate proposals are made for new regulations in keeping with the constitution.
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Eilert Herms Geboren 1940; Studium der Ev. Theologie, Philosophie und Germanistik in Berlin, Tübingen, Mainz und Göttingen; 1971 Promotion; 1975 Habilitation; 1979–85 o. Professor für Systematische Theologie an der Ev.-Theol. Fakultät der Universität München; 1985–95 o. Professor für Systematische Theologie an der Ev.-Theol. Fakultät der Universität Mainz; 1995–2008 o. Professor für Systematische Theologie und Direktor des Instituts für Ethik an der Ev.-Theol. Fakultät der Universität Tübingen; seit 2008 Prof. em. für Systematische Theologie an der Ev.-Theol. Fakultät der Universität Tübingen.