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Death of a man in theological approach and an evolving issue of a biological death

Mirosław Mróz
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2006;8(2):49-58.

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Vol 8, No 2 (2006)
Artykuł specjalny
Published online: 2006-08-04

Abstract

When nowadays death is delimited by brain death, which is connected with the loss of a capability to sustain integrating and coordinating organic functions, it is said that a person ceases to exist as a whole in the result of the breakage of an inner cohesion and unity signalising the unity of a human being. Its corporal unity stops being a fact resulting from the necrosis of a brain, which is an external proof to some extent that we do not deal with a human soul moulding a body. The process of corporal disintegration is such a process that prevents the human essential, a human soul, fulfilling its functions of constititing and realising of a human being. Hence, brain death can become a criterion of a death of a human being as such, a separation of a body from a soul. It is crucial though that a brain would not be considered as an abode of a soul. We need to deal with separate levels of understanding and proving. Theology surpasses empirical data and appeals to the explanations of a different nature, touching upon the essence of life and the essence of humanity. Medical research though introduces and proves externally what is the fact resulting from metaphysical-theoretical contemplations. On the level of theology a delimitation of a moment of death is explained by medicine in a totally different manner, however, both descriptions seem to be compatible.

Abstract

When nowadays death is delimited by brain death, which is connected with the loss of a capability to sustain integrating and coordinating organic functions, it is said that a person ceases to exist as a whole in the result of the breakage of an inner cohesion and unity signalising the unity of a human being. Its corporal unity stops being a fact resulting from the necrosis of a brain, which is an external proof to some extent that we do not deal with a human soul moulding a body. The process of corporal disintegration is such a process that prevents the human essential, a human soul, fulfilling its functions of constititing and realising of a human being. Hence, brain death can become a criterion of a death of a human being as such, a separation of a body from a soul. It is crucial though that a brain would not be considered as an abode of a soul. We need to deal with separate levels of understanding and proving. Theology surpasses empirical data and appeals to the explanations of a different nature, touching upon the essence of life and the essence of humanity. Medical research though introduces and proves externally what is the fact resulting from metaphysical-theoretical contemplations. On the level of theology a delimitation of a moment of death is explained by medicine in a totally different manner, however, both descriptions seem to be compatible.
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Keywords

death; brain death; theology of death; unity of a person; separating a soul and body

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Title

Death of a man in theological approach and an evolving issue of a biological death

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 8, No 2 (2006)

Pages

49-58

Published online

2006-08-04

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2006;8(2):49-58.

Keywords

death
brain death
theology of death
unity of a person
separating a soul and body

Authors

Mirosław Mróz

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