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Euthanasia, Abortion, Death Penalty and Religion - The Right to Life and its Limitations

International Empirical Research

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
  • Francesco Zaccaria


  • Explores how young people legitimize the boundaries of the right to life

  • Presents unique empirical research among youth

  • Offers insights from different religious and cultural backgrounds


Part of the Religion and Human Rights book series (REHU, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Hans-Georg Ziebertz, Francesco Zaccaria
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jorge Manzi, Joaquin Silva
    Pages 65-81
  4. Francesco Zaccaria, Francis-Vincent Anthony, Carl Sterkens
    Pages 105-137
  5. Raymond J. Webb, Fatma Jamal Asa’d
    Pages 161-186
  6. Milda Ališauskienė, Aušra Maslauskaitė
    Pages 187-207
  7. Clement Fumbo, Modestus Adimekwe, Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    Pages 209-242
  8. Pål Ketil Botvar, Claudia Sarti, Katarzyna Zielińska, Marcin K. Zwierżdżyński
    Pages 243-270
  9. Olga Breskaya, Pål Ketil Botvar, Anders Sjöborg, Silviu Rogobete
    Pages 271-299
  10. Pål Ketil Botvar, Claudia Sarti, Katarzyna Zielińska, Marcin K. Zwierżdżyński
    Pages C1-C1
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 301-3006

About this book


This book considers how the termination of life might be accepted in the view of a general obligation to protect life. It features more than 10 papers written by scholars from 14 countries that offer international comparative empirical research. Inside, readers will find case studies from such areas as: India, Chile, Germany, Italy, England, Palestine, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Poland.

The papers focus on three limitations of the right to life: the death penalty, abortion, and euthanasia. The contributors explore how young people understand and evaluate the right to life and its limitations. The book presents unique empirical research among today's youth and reveals that, among other concepts, religiosity matters. It provides insight into the acceptance, perception, and legitimation of human rights by people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

This investigation rigorously tests for inter-individual differences regarding political and judicial rights on religious grounds, while controlling for other characteristics. It will help readers better understand the many facets of this fundamental, yet controversial, philosophical question. The volume will be of interest to students, researchers, as well as general readers searching for answers.


Human Rights and Religion The Right to Life Religion and Euthanasia Religion and Abortion Religion and Death Penalty Limitation of Human Rights Religious Diversity Youth Research Empirical Research Cross-national Comparative Research Christian and death penalty Hindu and death penalty Muslim and death penalty youth and right to life

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    • 1
  • Francesco Zaccaria
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Practical TheologyApulian Theological FacultyBariItaly

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Ziebertz is Professor for Practical Theology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He is coordinator of the international research project “Religion and Human Rights”, many publications on these issues.

Francesco Zaccaria is Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Apulian Theological Faculty, Bari, Italy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Euthanasia, Abortion, Death Penalty and Religion - The Right to Life and its Limitations
  • Book Subtitle International Empirical Research
  • Editors Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    Francesco Zaccaria
  • Series Title Religion and Human Rights
  • Series Abbreviated Title Religion and Human Rights
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-98772-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-98773-6
  • Series ISSN 2510-4306
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-4314
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Justice, Equality and Human Rights
    Human Rights
    Religion and Society
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