On Christian Dying gathers original texts from the great saints and teachers of the Christian tradition to present 2000 years of theological wisdom on death and dying. Matthew Levering mines the best of classical thought with selections that offer both ancient and contemporary Christians as models for understanding. He includes writings from Ignatius of Antioch, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Thomas More, and John Henry Newman among others. This volume explores the questions: What is a 'good' death? How can we live life to prepare for it? What happens to those who have died? What is 'martyrdom'? How should a Christian understand death in light of Christ's cross? How are those who have died related to the living?
Matthew Levering is assistant professor of theology at Ave Maria College. He is the author of On the Priesthood: Classic and Contemporary Texts (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 St. Ignatius of Antioch Chapter 3 St. Polycarp of Smyrna Chapter 4 The Martyrs of Gaul Chapter 5 St. Anthony Chapter 6 St. Ambrose Chapter 7 St. Augustine Chapter 8 St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter 9 St. Catherine of Siena Chapter 10 St. Catherine of Genoa Chapter 11 St. Thomas More Chapter 12 St. John of the Cross Chapter 13 St. Francis de Sales Chapter 14 St. Joseph Cafasso Chapter 15 Blessed John Henry Newman Chapter 16 St. Therese of Lisieux