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Approaching the EndA Theological Exploration of Death and Dying$
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David Albert Jones

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.001.0001

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The Need for a Theological Approach to Death

The Need for a Theological Approach to Death

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(p.9) 1 The Need for a Theological Approach to Death
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Approaching the End
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David Albert Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.003.0002

At least two well-developed bodies of literature have emerged on practical questions relating to death, one the concern of psychology, the other the concern of ethics. These flow from two basic questions: how can we live well in the face of death? and when, if ever, is it legitimate deliberately to bring human life to an end? The perspective of faith can help to assess and evaluate the many, sometimes conflicting, responses to these questions of different schools of psychology and of philosophy. The method adopted by this book is to consider the distinct theological approaches to death shown by four outstanding Christian thinkers: Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, and Karl Rahner.

Keywords:   death, euthanasia, fear of death, theology of death, philosophy of death, grief, dying, Karl Rahner, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas

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