After Death: Life in God

Book 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.

Chapter 1: The Fact of Death  in  After Death: Life in God

Book Chapter by Norman Pittenger

What is here attempted is a ‘demythologizing’ of traditional teaching on the subject of death. But the author makes it clear at the outset that he does not see such ‘de-mythologizing’ as the entire negation of the perennially Christian conviction that human existence has significance here and now and also has significance beyond this mortal life.

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.

Dying Well: A Challenge to Christian Compassion

Article by Richard M. Gula

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: Killing or Caring? By Michael Manning. Paulist, 120 pp., $8.95. A Different Death: Euthanasia and the Christian Tradition. By Edward J Larson and Darrell W Amundsen. Inter-Varsity, 288 pp., $14.99. A Time to Die: The Place for Physician Assistance. By Charles F McKhann, Yale University Press, 268 pp., $30.00. The …

Grave Affairs

Article by Thomas Lynch

Like David Fisher in the award-winning HBO series Six Feet Under, when my father died, I embalmed him. My brother Pat assisted. We dressed him, put him in a box and soon thereafter buried him. Tim did the obits and drove the hearse. Eddie called the priest and did the printing. Mary handled the florals …

Imagining The Afterlife

Article by Lucy Bregman

Book Review: If I Should Die Edited by Leroy S. Rouner. University of Notre Dame Press, 216 pp. The essays in this anthology are loosely linked around the topic of death and afterlife, but there is no dialogue between the various points of view presented. The editor notes that there is a gap “between the …

Is Acceptance a Denial of Death? Another Look at Kubler-Ross

Article by Roy Branson

The recent publication of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s second book on death and dying provides an opportunity to examine the views of the American scholar most widely read and quoted on that subject. Since the publication six years ago of On Death and Dying (Macmillan, 1969), chaplains, pastors and Christian laypeople have joined other readers in hailing …

Live and Let Die: Changing Attitudes

Article by Andrew Greeley

 America’s support for “the right to die” increased significantly during the 1980s, according to data in the National Opinion Research Center’s annual General Social Survey. Though most Christian denominations oppose the idea, support has grown in all religious segments of society. Even most “fundamentalists” now agree that “doctors should be allowed by law to end …