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A renowned ethicist who himself faced death during a recent life-threatening illness, Allen Verhey in The Christian Art of Dying sets out to recapture dying from the medical world. Seeking to counter the medicalization of death that is so prevalent today, Verhey revisits the fifteenth-century Ars Moriendi, an illustrated spiritual self-help manual on "the art of dying." Finding much wisdom in that little book but rejecting its Stoic and Platonic worldview, Verhey uncovers in the biblical accounts of Jesus' death a truly helpful paradigm for dying well and faithfully. Book jacket.
Allen Verhey is professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School. His other books include Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine, Nature and Altering It, and Remembering Jesus: Christian Community, Scripture, and the Moral Life.
Table of Contents
From "Tame Death" to "Medicalized Death"
The Triumph of Death in the Medicalization of It
In Praise of Medicine - and What Went Wrong on the Way to "Medicalization"
In Praise of Medicine
From Hippocrates to Bacon to Medicalization
Challenging "Medicalization": Patient Rights, "Natural Death," and Hospice
Bioethics and the Movement for Patient Rights
The Death Awareness Movement and "Natural" Death
The Hospice Movement
The Silence and Surrender of the Church
Death and the Art of Dying in the Fifteenth Century
The Black Death and Plague
The "Great Schism" in the Western Church
Jean Charlier Gerson and His Pastoral Handbook at Constance
The "Commendacion of Death"
Should We Commend the "Commendacion" of Death?
The "Temptacions" and the Virtues
The Temptation to Lose Faith
The Virtue of Faith
The Temptation to Despair
The Virtue of Hope
The Temptation to Impatience
The Virtues of Love and Patience
The Temptation to Pride
The Virtue of Humility
The Temptation to Avarice
The Virtue of "Letting Go"
The Death of Moriens
The Temptations and the Virtues: An Assessment
The Deathbed Drama
"Interrogaciones," "Instruccions," and Prayers
The "Interrogaciones": An Assessment
The "Instruccion": Christ as Paradigm
The "Instruccion": An Assessment
An "Instruccion" to Friends and Caregivers
An "Instruccion" to Friends and Caregivers: An Assessment
Prayers: An Assessment
Faith and Faithfulness in the Face of Death: Toward a Contemporary Ars Moriendi
A "Commendacion" of Life
Israel's Hope and Consolation
The Resurrection of Jesus
The Hope of the Church
Life Is Good - but Not the Greatest Good
The "Instruccion": Remember and Follow Jesus
No Gethsemane: The Difference John Makes
The Words from the Cross
Remembering the Caregivers
The Virtues for Dying Well
The Practices of Christian Community and the Practices of Dying Well and Caring Well for the Dying
Gathering on the Lord's Day
The Practice of Gathering
The Practice of Reading Scripture Together
The Practice of Prayer
The Practice of the Sacraments
Some Practices Old and New
The Practices of Mourning and Comforting
The Practice of Funerals
The Practice of Remembering Saints
The Practice of Catechesis
The Practice of Advance Directives
The Practice of Discourse and Discernment
The Practice of Care
Subject and Name Index
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