By mining the rich tradition of virtue ethics, Christopher Vogt uses the virtues of patience, compassion, and hope as a framework for specifying the shape of a good death, and for naming the practices Christians should develop to live well and die well. Bringing together historical, biblical, and contemporary sources in Christian ethics, Vogt provides a long-overdue theological analysis of the ars moriendi or "art of dying" literature of four centuries ago. Through a careful analysis of Luke's passion narrative, Vogt uses Jesus as the primary model for being patient in the face of death and for dying well.
Christopher P. Vogt is assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. John's University, New York
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 A Context for the Task of Dying: Christian Virtue Ethics and Dying Well Chapter 3 Dying Well in Historical Perspective: The Ars Moriendi Tradition of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Chapter 4 Competing Visions of Compassion: How Should We Respond to Suffering? Chapter 5 A Biblical Ars Moriendi: Dying Well According to Luke Chapter 6 Toward an Ars Moriendi for Our Time Chapter 7 Bibliography