- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Darlene Fozard Weaver is Assistant Professor of Theology at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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