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Death and Dying

  1. A Father Grieves The Loss of a Child by Lewis B. Smedes

    God, we hope, will one day emerge triumphant over evil -- though, on the way to that glad day, God sometimes takes a beating.

  2. A Religious Naturalist Looks at Death by Doris Webster Havice

    Our need to be there in the future, to be "rewarded," vitiates our acts and turns them into ego trips instead of experiences of loving and living. We need not only to affirm death not only as inevitable but also as a valid and joyous part of the natural process of which birth, living and death are equally important.

  3. After Death: Life in God by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A reformulation of the conventional notions of life after death. The author asserts that in God, the value of human existence is guaranteed and the worth of all those for whom one has cared is assured and becomes an abiding and unshakable occasion for joy.

  4. Bearing Witness in Life and Death by Keith C. and L. Gregory Jones Meador

    Review of a series aired on PBS: On Our Own Terms. Bill Moyers’s series offers poignant portraits and many helpful suggestions about ways in which our dying and the dying of those around us can be grace-filled.

  5. Cancer in the Family: Roles of the Clergy by Betty Satterwhite Stevenson

    Clergy are often among those guilty of making comments to patients and family members that are more harmful than helpful, the most maddening of these is "What has happened to you is God’s will." Clergy must become much more involved in the healing ministry.

  6. Christian Perspectives on Suicide by William E. Phipps

    A person with a progressive terminal disease faces a unique situation -- one which calls for a new look at traditional assumptions about the motivation for choosing suicide. There is no explicit prohibition of suicide anywhere in the canonical texts of Christianity. This choice might be found to be reasoned, appropriate, altruistic, sacrificial, and loving.

  7. Death as the Teacher of Wisdom by Marcus Borg

    Unpopular though the message is -- especially in our death-denying culture -- it is important to be aware of one’s own mortality. The message of eternal life in God should not be proclaimed in such a way as to obscure death as the teacher of wisdom.

  8. Dying Well: A Challenge to Christian Compassion by Richard M. Gula

    The author reviews and evaluates three recent books on assisted suicide.

  9. Grace in the Face of Suicide by Mary T. Stimming

    The author reviews a book on suicide. A persuasive argument is given that "most suicides, although by no means all, can be prevented." How? Through the proper diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Our failure to provide this care shows "how little value our society puts on saving the lives of those who are in such despair as to want to end them."

  10. Grave Affairs by Thomas Lynch

    The presence of the dead at their funerals ups the existential, emotional and spiritual ante in a way that virtual or symbolic memorials fail to do.

  11. Imagining The Afterlife by Lucy Bregman

    Review of a book that ranges from a light-hearted survey of myths in which mortality is preferred to endless eternity, to a serious study of Locke and Spinoza.

  12. Intending Death: Moral Perspectives by Kenneth Vaux

    It appears that we indeed can hasten or delay death’s call. But should we? Does our dominion extend over our entire body? Death is the bittersweet end which is beginning, that judgment which is mercy, that terror which is peace.

  13. Is Acceptance a Denial of Death? Another Look at Kubler-Ross by Roy Branson

    Unlike Dr. Kübler-Ross, the Christian pastor and chaplain must accept death for what it is -- the implacable foe, "the last enemy to be destroyed."

  14. Live and Let Die: Changing Attitudes by Andrew Greeley

    During the past two decades there has been a steady increase in America's support for the right of persons with incurable diseases to end their own lives. Greeley's research implies that religious imagery, whether persons see God as a "spouse" rather than "master," results in the former seeing morality as a personal matter and the latter seeing morality as a matter of moral law. Another reason for the shift in attitudes is an American increase in tolerance for the moral views of other persons. In this 1991 article, Greely does not address the current debate on physician-assisted suicide.

  15. Making Choices About the Final Exit by James M. Wall

    To take one's own life before life involuntarily leaves us is a decision we are free to make, but it is a choice that is ultimately selfish.

  16. Suicide and Christian Moral Judgment by James T. Clemons

    Is it "right" for a Christian, under any circumstance, to take her or his own life? If there are such circumstances, how does one go about identifying them? How can we go about preventing such circumstances from occurring?

  17. Suicide, Responsibility and the Sacredness of Life by James M. Wall

    Complex moral decisions made with the counsel of family, friends and medical professionals are of quite a different order from the lonely judgment reached by someone for whom life is "no longer worth living."

  18. When A Person Dies: Pastoral Theology in Death Experiences by Robert L. Kinast

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This book gives important insights into the theology of death. It deal with the impact of our death upon God, and how God in turn impacts our death with profound meaning.