Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Religious Studies


Religion, General.


Muldoon, M.,




This thesis describes the official positions of the Presbyterian Church in Canada on capital punishment, abortion and euthanasia, and the process the Church underwent to arrive at these positions. The theological and ethical principles upon which these positions are based are evaluated, and the work of the authors referred to by the Presbyterian Church in its research is discussed. Five ordained Presbyterian ministers and twelve lay Presbyterians were interviewed with a view to discovering their understanding of the Presbyterian Church's positions on capital punishment, abortion and euthanasia, their personal opinions and experiences of these issues, and their perceived role of the Church in dealing with these topics. The interviews were analysed in terms of their content, and a number of conclusions were drawn. The thesis ends with some recommendations based on the material gained from the interviews. The recommendations refer to ways of improving the internal communication within the Presbyterian Church, how to involve the laity in the formation of official policy formation on ethical issues, and how the Church could be more helpful to people dealing with abortion and euthanasia.Dept. of Religious Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .T456. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-02, page: 0441. Adviser: M. Muldoon. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.