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Volume 46, Issue 101, Enero/Junio 2020

Kolawole Chabi
Pages 19-32

Augustine on Temptation to suicide
A Reading of his Letter 244 to Chrisimus

The article discusses Augustine’s teaching on suicide, especially in the way he exposed it when a Christian facing despair is tempted to take his own life. In the first part, the article examines some basic aspects of Augustine’s teaching on suicide in some of his works outside the letter 244. In a second part, the article presents an analytic reading Augustine’s Letter 244 to Chrisimus. The article also discusses some important remarks to show the relevance of Augustine’s recommendations nowadays.

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