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Early Christian theologians find many analogies or types of Christ, the church, and the world in the story of Samson. Samson himself is often seen to be a type of Christ, but other times, he is considered a type of the church or even the world. Caesarius of Arles (468–542) writes extensively on the analogies he sees in Samson's story, and summarizes his ...


St. Thomas Aquinas gives this precise objection in his question on "Whether it is lawful to kill oneself?" (Summa Theologica II-II q. 64 a. 5 arg 4): Samson killed himself, as related in Judges 16:30, and yet he is numbered among the saints (Heb. 11:32). Therefore it is lawful for a man to kill himself. To which he replies (ibid. ad 4): As Augustine ...

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