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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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In Every Way a Good Thing: Death in the Thought of Ambrose of Milan

In Every Way a Good Thing: Death in the Thought of Ambrose of Milan

(p.24) 2 In Every Way a Good Thing: Death in the Thought of Ambrose of Milan
Approaching the End

David Albert Jones

Oxford University Press

In De bono mortis, Ambrose puts forward three deaths: death to sin so as to live to God; death as the completion of this present life; and the death of the soul due to sin. Ambrose maintains that bodily death — death as the completion of this present life — is not neutral, but rather is always a good thing in itself. For everyone, it frees the soul from the prison of the body and for Christians it also brings the eternal joy of heaven. It was Ambrose's great achievement to unite Christian and Platonic piety and metaphysics into a single vision of the meaning of human death.

Keywords:   Ambrose, death, soul, theology of death, Platonism

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