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Resourcing Hope for Ageing and Dying in a Broken World
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • Online publication date: January 2023
  • Print publication year: 2022
  • Online ISBN: 9781785278624
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Despair often generates behaviours that anticipate suicide or other, often tragic, outcomes that impede or greatly curtail or even completely inhibit human flourishing. By addressing the genesis of despair in vulnerable populations, including the frail elderly and the terminally ill, while presenting the attenuating benefits of religious observance and related educative practices (habits of virtue), Ashley Moyse will demonstrate the way theology might resource both human flourishing and hope for these persons inundated by anguish in our late modern age with its anthropologies that leave persons vulnerable to despair. Responding to such risk and the threats of despair, an examination of the habits of character formation and communal life will follow. Such habits and practices might resource a way of being that enables a strength or resilience, a patience, to endure rather than succumb to both personal and social calamity, while learning to become homo viator or the 'human wayfarer' for journeys of perseverance.

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