Prof.dr. T.A. Boer

Hoogleraar ethiek van de gezondheidszorg
Dogmatics / ethics

International publications (scholarly)


  • James F. Childress, Lisa Cahill, Douglas F. Ottati, William Schweiker, Theo Boer, ‘Theologian, Teacher, and Friend: Tributes to James M. Gustafson’, Journal of Religious Ethics JRE 50, 2 (June 2022), 92-7, DOI: 10.1111/JORE.12384 (accepted)
  • A. Stef Groenewoud, Ellen Leijten, Sterre van den Oever, Julia van Sommeren en Theo A. Boer, ‘The Ethics of Euthanasia in Dementia. A Qualitative Content Analysis of Case Summaries (2012-2020)’. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) 70, 3 (maart 2022), 1-13,
  • Theo Boer, ‘The Autonomy Paradox: Reflections on Dutch Euthanasia Practice’, in: Benjamin DeSpain and Christopher Insole, Redeeming Autonomy. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2022 (upcoming)
  • Stef Groenewoud and Theo Boer, ‘How Legal Euthanasia Continues to be Transgressive: Some Observations from the Netherlands,’ in: Petruschka Schaafsma (ed.), The Image of a Moral Compass: Drawing Attention to the Transcendent Character of the Good in Times of Pluralism and Polarization. London: Routledge 2022 (accepted).
  • Theo Boer, ‘The Legacy of James M. Gustafson’s Theocentric Ethics’, in NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion 76,1 (June 2022) (accepted).
  • Wim Graafland, Stef Groenewoud, Theo Pleizier, and Theo Boer, ‘Protestant Parishioners, their Pastors, and Euthanasia’. Journal of Empirical Theology JET 35 (2022) (accepted).


  • Stef Groenewoud, Theo Boer, Femke Atsma, Mina Arvin and Gert Westert, ‘Euthanasia in the Netherlands: a claims data cross-sectional study of geographical variation,’ BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2021;0:1–11.
  • M.N. van Rijswijk and T.A. Boer, ‘Health Checks and the Doctor-Patient Relationship. A Survey amongst Users, Non-Users, and Physicians’. Prev Med Epid Public Heal, 2(2): 1-11, 2021,
  • Theo Boer, ‘Drei Narrative der Euthanasie: Was Europa von den Niederlanden lernen kann’. Imago Hominis (2021); 28(1): 063-076.
  • Theo Boer, ‘Autonomie am Lebensende – Ein Erfahrungsbericht aus niederländischer Perspektive’, in: Arnd Uhle en Judith Wolf (red.), Entgrenzte Autonomie?Die assistierte Selbsttötung nach der bundesverfassungsgerichtlichen Entscheidung vom 26. Febr. 2020. Münster: Aschendorff Verlag (Essener Gespräche zum Thema Staat und Kirche 56) 2021, 200-20.
  • Theo Boer and Stef Groenewoud, ‘Dutch Reformed support for Assisted Dying in the Netherlands 1969-2019: An Analysis of the Views of Parishioners, Pastors, Opinion Makers, and Official Reports of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands’. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (JSCE) 41, 1 (spring/summer 2021), 125-47,
  • Theo Boer, ‘Why using religious arguments in the euthanasia discussion is problematic’. Latinamerican Journal of Bioethics/ Revista Latinoamericana de Bioética 21, 1 (2021): Bioethics and final stages of life (Bioética y estadios finales de la vida), 127-36,
  • Theo Boer, ‘Erfahrungsbericht aus Holland: Entwicklungen, Probleme, aktuelle Debattenlage’, Zeitschrift für medizinische Ethik ZfmE 67 (2021), 455-66,
  • Theo Boer and Kevin Yuill, ‘Assisted Dying and Covid-19’, in: Panagiotis Pentaris (ed.), Death, Grief and Loss in the Context of COVID19. London: Routledge 2021, 178-94. 


  • Theo Boer, ‘Covid-19 and the Dutch context: some ethical comments’. Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies CJNS 21,2 (Fall 2020), 70-86.
  •  Theo Boer, ‘Erfarenheter från femtio år med dödshjälp i Nederländerna’, in: Morten Andreas Horn, Daniel Joachim Heggheim Kleiven and Morten Magelssen (eds.), Dødshjelp i Norden? Etikk, klinikk og politikk. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk’s Division, 2020, 251-73.
  • Theo A. Boer, Ronald Bolwijn, Wim Graafland and Theo T.P. Pleizier, ‘Euthanasia: experiences and dilemmas encountered by ministers in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands’, International Journal of Public Theology IJPT 14, 1 (2020), 41-67. https://doi:10.1163/15697320-12341600
  • Theo Boer et al, ‘International consensus: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation in young Turner syndrome patients: Outcomes of an ethical Delphi study including 55 experts from 16 different countries’, in: Human Reproduction 2020, 1-12. Onderdeel van TurnerFertility expert panel,
  • Theo Boer, ‘Euthanasia, Law, Religion, Culture: Observations from a Pioneering Country,’ in: Jose Maria Puyol Montero (ed.), New Challenges for Law: Studies on the Dignity of Human Life. Madrid/ Harvard: Tirant lo Blanch 2020, 179-99.
  • Theo Boer, ‘Remembering St. Augustine on suicide’, in: Markus Matthias, Riemer Roukema en Gert van Klinken (red.), Erinnern und vergessen – Remembering and forgetting. Essays über zwei theologische Grundvollzüge (Festschrift voor Hans-Martin Kirn). Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2020, 41-4.
  • Berghäuser, G., Boer, T.A., Borasio, G.D. et al., ‘Brauchen wir eine Neuordnung der Sterbehilfe in Deutschland?’ MedR 38, 207–211 (2020),


Theo Boer, ‘Euthanasie et protestantisme des Pays-Bas, Irénikon 92,1 (2019), 36-47.






  • Theo Boer, ‘Euthanasia, Ethics, and Theology: A Dutch Perspective’, in: RES (Review of Ecumenical Studies) 6 (2/2014), pp. 197-214. Internetgegevens: DOI: 10.2478/ress-2014-0116
  • Theo Boer en Dick Mul, ‘The Bible and Medical Ethics’, in: CMF-Bulletin (Christian Medical Fellowship Nederland) 2014, 2 (internationale special, juli 2014), 4-7.



  • Theo A. Boer, 'Euthanasia in a Welfare State: Experiences from the Review Procedure in the Netherlands'.Philosophy Study 2,1 (2012), 51-63.




  • Theo A. Boer, ‘Between Flourishing and Withering: A Theologian's Impressions from the Dutch Euthanasia Review Procedure’, Reformed World 59, 3 (2009), 197-212.
  • Ulla Schmidt, Theo Boer, Dieter Heidtmann, Ulrich Körtner, Stefanie Schardien et al, A Time to Live, and a Time to Die: An Aid to Orientation on Death-hastening Decisions and Caring for the Dying. Vienna: Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, 2009.





  • Theo A. Boer, ‘Need and Justice in Health Care: From Formal Justice to Material Justice’, in: Andrea Dörries, Katharina Hespe-Jungesblut (eds.), Medical Need and Justice in Health Care. Workshop Reader European Workshop. Hannover: Zentrum für Gesundheidsethik, 2005, 173-175.



  • Theo A. Boer, ‘Legalisering som lösning? Erfarenheter av Holländsk eutanasipraxis’. Gunnel Borgegård, Göran Lantz (eds.), Manuskriptsamling Den goda döden. Stockholm: Ersta-Sköndal Högskola & Nordiska ekumenis­ka rådet, 2002, 9-18.


  • Joop Stolk, Theo A. Boer, and Ruth Seldenrijk (eds.), Meaningful Care: A Multidisciplinary Approa­ch to the Meaning of Care for People with Mental Retardation. Dordrecht: Kluwer Acade­mic Publishers, 2000 (Concepts and Content).
  • Theo A. Boer, ‘Meaning of Life and Meaning of Care: A Christian Perspective’, in: Joop Stolk, Theo A. Boer, and Ruth Seldenrijk (eds.), Meaningful Care: A Multidisciplinary Approa­ch to the Meaning of Care for People with Mental Retardation. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publish­ers, 2000, 51-64.
  • Hans Reinders, Joop Stolk, and Theo A. Boer, ‘A Multidiscipli­nary Approach to the Meaning of Care for People with Mental Retardation’. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 44 (2000), 439.
  • Theo A. Boer, ‘Sterbehilfe auf Verlangen? Die Euthanasie­diskussion in Holland und die Haltung der Christen’, in:Neukirchener Erziehungsverein, Jahresbericht 2000. Neu­kirchen: 2000, 28-31.
  • Th.A. Boer, W. Helbig, J. Hoyau and A. Repetto, ‘Modelle, esperienze e considerazioni delle istituzioni sanitarie non profit in Europa’. Sanita. Bimestrale dell'Associazi­one religiosa Istituti Socio-Sanitari, 12, 6 (Nov-Dec 2000), 32-42.


  • Theo A. Boer, Theological Ethics after Gustafson: A Criti­cal Analysis of the Normative Struc­ture of James M. Gustafson's Theocentric Ethics. Kampen: Kok, 1997 (Abstract ; Concluding Essay).


  • Theo Boer and Egbert Schroten, ‘Life and Death Seen from a Dutch Reformed Position’, in: Lars Oestnor (ed),Bioe­tikk og teologi. Rapport fra Nordisk teologisk nettverk for bioetikks workshop i Stockholm 27.-29. september 1996. Oslo: Nordisk teologisk nettverk for bioetikk, 1996, 31-51.


  • Theo A. Boer, All Things in Relation to God: A Critical Analysis of the Normative Structure of James M. Gustaf­son's Theocentric Ethics. Uppsala: Uppsala University 1995.



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