Augustine On The Problem Of Suicide Essay

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Augustine on the problem of suicide is a focus response to Christians who were victims of rape during the sack of Rome. In effect to the act of violation they may be contemplating of ending their own life in order to preserve their sense of ‘honour’. Whereas some argue (those against Christianity) that there are acts of suicide that are justifiable such as martyrdom, for martyr’s foresees their coming death and allow it. Augustine in effect responds in Book 1 of “The city of God” (Dyson version) that suicide greatly differs from martyrdom because the two possessed different intentions when their death was brought about. For suicide victims intend their own death, whereas martyrs foresee theirs, yet had no actions in bringing it about. In which this paper will adopt Augustines’ focus on why suicide is wrongful, whereas the actions of Martyrdom isn’t. In explaining the core difference between the two, and why Augustine is correct in being against the actions of suicide in his explanation that these people are mistaken to end their lives assuming they have lost their chastity. Hence this paper will stand by Augustine in why there is no justifiable reason to actively end ones life, unless the cause of death was out of their control nor unintended.
In the Dyson edition of the City of God, Book1 chapter 20 Augustine’s states “no divine precept or permission can be discovered which allows us to bring about our own death, either to obtain immortality or avoid some sin”. Augustine…

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