Chapter 4: A Sister’s Cremation: The Question of Resurrection  in  When A Person Dies: Pastoral Theology in Death Experiences

Book Chapter by Robert L. Kinast

The author discusses two troublesome issues regarding cremation: 1. How much value is there in our bodily existence? 2. What actual conditions do our bodies have in the after life? The author concludes that cremation isn’t necessarily a sin of disrespect for we live and die as whole persons and are raised to immortal life by God alone.

Chapter 5: Resurrection: Christ ‘Risen from the Dead’  in  After Death: Life in God

Book Chapter by Norman Pittenger

Biblical study, of the most exacting sort, can never answer the question of what precisely did happen, nor can it provide the evidence necessary to assure us of the specific and concrete events associated with Jesus’ resurrection, whatever they were. But we are to take very seriously indeed what the stories in the Gospels and in the earliest Christian writing and preaching were concerned to proclaim: that Jesus’ death on the cross was not the end of the matter.

Chapter 6: Resurrection: Our ‘Risen Life’  in  After Death: Life in God

Book Chapter by Norman Pittenger

The resurrection of Christ is a way of affirming that God has received into his own life all that the historical event, designated when we say ‘Jesus Christ’, has included: — his human existence as teacher and prophet, as crucified man upon his cross, in continuing relationship of others with him after that death, and also what has happened as a consequence of his presence and activity in the world.

Chapter 7: God as Recipient  in  After Death: Life in God

Book Chapter by Norman Pittenger

In process thought, God is the chief receptive agency in creation. Whatever is done, and wherever or by what or whom it is done, makes a difference to God, meaning that God is not only that One who effects things; but also is the One who is affected by things. He remains always God, yet the accomplishments of the created order are received by him into his own life, and to them he responds by making use of them for the furthering of his divine intention.