The Christian Art of Dying

Printer-friendly version
Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Christian Art of DyingEerdmans has published a new book by Allen Verhey, professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School.

In The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus, Verhey challenges both the medicalization of death and attempts to retrieve and reform the Christian tradition of the Ars Moriendi (the art of dying).

In the book, which was published in late November, Verhey examines the medicalization of death and conventional responses to it. He considers the 15th century document, Ars Moriendi, finding much wisdom but also flaws in its celebration of death.

Ars Moriendi pointed the reader to Jesus as the paradigm of dying well and faithfully, and Verhey examines Jesus as a teacher and model for a contemporary Christian account of the virtues necessary for dying well.

Verhey also considers the practices of the Christian community that can support and sustain a Christian's dying well.