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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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Not Good for Anyone: Death in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo

Not Good for Anyone: Death in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo

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(p.37) 3 Not Good for Anyone: Death in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo
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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/9780199287154.003.0004

In De civitate Dei book XIII, Augustine argues that bodily death is always a bad thing in itself. Careful consideration of the story of the fall from Eden shows it to be the very opposite of the Platonic fall myth. The Eden story sees the union of body and soul as natural and the separation as a punishment. The Platonic fall sees the separation of the soul as natural and the union with the body as a punishment. Augustine's approach to death is thus in sharp contrast to that of Ambrose.

Keywords:   death, soul, theology of death, Platonism, Garden of Eden, Augustine, Ambrose

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