Year: 1997 Source: Omega, v.36, no.1, (1997-98), p.63-75 SIEC No: 19980336

Kaplan states that many suicidologists ignore the degree to which major Christian theologians have stressed that Jesus gave up his life voluntarily – in Durkheimian terms, an altruistic suicide. This paper examines the theological writings on Jesus’ death & the Church’s condemnation of suicide. It is argued that Christians, like other suicide survivors, experience guilt over Jesus’ death & this has been projected into anger toward Jews. Examples of Easter Week persecutions of Jews are discussed.