Preaching Death Paperback

The Transformation of Christian Funeral Sermons

by Lucy Bregman;

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Preaching Death

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Christians traditionally have had something substantive and important to say about death and afterlife. Yet the language and imagery used in sermons about life and death have given way to language designed to comfort and celebrate. In "Preaching Death", Lucy Bregman tracks the changes in Protestant American funerals over the last one hundred years. Early-twentieth-century "natural immortality" doctrinal funeral sermons transitioned to an era of "silence and denial", eventually becoming expressive, biographical tributes to the deceased. The contemporary death awareness movement, with the "death as a natural event" perspective, has widely impacted American culture, affecting health care, education, and psychotherapy and creating new professions such as hospice nurse and grief counsellor. Bregman questions whether this transition - which occurred unobserved and without conflict - was inevitable and what alternative paths could have been chosen. In tracing this unique story, she reveals how Americans' comprehension of death shifted in the last century - and why we must find ways to move beyond it.

Preaching Death by Lucy Bregman was published by Baylor University Press in October 2011. The ISBN for Preaching Death is 9781602583207.

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Details for Preaching Death

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaylor University Press (October 2011)
Number of Pages263
Thickness16 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4031173
Page last updated 28th May 2018
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