Euthanasia, Athanasius, and Dying Dogs

From Web Exclusives

We recently put our dog to sleep. Born an excitable and aggressive animal with chronic diarrhea and an unstable temperament, we poured far more money into Chloe (as she was named) than we could afford, and would have spent even more to save her: if her salvation had been possible. It was not. In the final week of her life, Chloe’s hair fell out, her appetite and strength faded, her hips stiffened, and her behavior grew erratic and violent toward our children. … Continue Reading »

Mercy Killing at Golgotha

From the October 1996 Print Edition

L. Annaeus Seneca, Greetings from your uncle in Palestine. Whoever thought it best to extend the empire to this gods-forsaken corner of land ought to be put to the sword. There is nothing here except zealotry and fanaticism, political and religious. The population is in perpetual revolt and it takes . . . . Continue Reading »