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Death

Darlene Fozard Weaver

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227228.003.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Death

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Christian life is one of dying and rising with Christ. What is the relationship between this dying and rising and our death? What does this relationship mean for facing death and for our care for the dying? This article considers these questions with respect to death's ‘natural’ dimension as the separation of body and soul; death's ‘personal’ dimension as the end of our earthly life; and death's ‘moral’ dimension as a wager of love. Drawing on Paul Ramsey and Karl Rahner, it sketches a theological moral anthropology — the person is a unity of body and soul who lives by the love of God. This anthropology appears in Christian construals of death as the bodily manifestation of, and punishment for, our wilful alienation from God in a misplaced or self-withholding love for life.

Keywords: Christian life; dying; rising; Paul Ramsey; Karl Rahner; theological moral anthropology; body; soul

Article.  7966 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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