From the November, 2004 issue of Touchstone
The Glorious Dying of the Son by Peter J. Scaer

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The Glorious Dying of the Son

The Gospel of Luke & Jesus’ Noble Death

Ancient Greco-Roman society enjoyed death, as seen in the Romans’ relish for the gore and spectacle of death in the gladiatorial arena and in their turning execution into a spectator sport called crucifixion. But at its best, as seen in some of its greatest philosophers, it shed light on the art of dying well and nobly, as the final test for one who had been trained in the arts of virtue.

As Isocrates put it in his first oration, “Death is the sentence which fate has passed on all humankind, but to die nobly is the special . . .


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