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Approaching the End: A Theological Exploration of Death and Dying

David Albert Jones


This book considers 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? It does so by considering the distinct theological approaches to death shown by four outstanding Christian thinkers: Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, and Karl Rahner. These philosophers' thoughts constitute a single extended argument on the theology of death which can be set out in relation to the practical realities of grief, fear, and hope in the face of death. There is a rightful place for grief, a good grie ... More

Keywords: Ambrose, Augustine, death, euthanasia, fear of death, Rahner, soul, suicide, theology of death, Thomas Aquinas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Albert Jones, author
Academic Director, St Mary's College Twickenham
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