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Theology of Death
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The rise of notions of the soul in relation to medieval thought and practice and the place of death in reformation theology are both covered, as is the role of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Finally the rise of biblical theology is considered, especially in the twentieth century.
The second part of the book takes up several contemporary models of the theology of death. The first pursues a traditional acceptance of an other-worldly afterlife, the second explores worldly analysis of eternal life as a quality of contemporary existence devoid of any future state. The third develops the worldly model and considers a wider sense of self as a part of an ecological view of the world as a divine creation and explores the meaning of birth-life and death amidst a divine environment.
The Theology of Death aims to offer some sharply defined schemes to focus thought in a Christian environment in which death, hell and heaven have almost lost their place. The topic of hope is a key element and the book explores the birth and fostering of hope within Christian traditions.
2.Body, bones and breath of life
3.Martyrs, altars and the bread of life
4.Judge of living and the dead
5.And for our salvation
6.The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away
7.The Lord and Giver of Life
8.Integrity and eternal life
Theology of Death by Douglas Davies was published by Continuum in July 2008 and is our 26342nd best seller. The ISBN for Theology of Death is 9780567030498.
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The Theology of DeathRichard Greatrex, via The Good Book Stall
This is both an important book and a very dense one, packing a huge amount of scholarship and thought into under 200 pages to give not just a detailed overview of the changing faces of theological thinking on the subject of death throughout the Christian centuries but also to provide penetrating insights into some of the death related issues that face Christians today. It includes an excellent discussion on the rise of woodland burials, highlighting how they seem to accentuate the fertility of the corpse, how in decay it imparts new life and how they might be seen as an attempt to reverse our wilful exploitation of the world. Among other subjects covered there is also a vivid dissection of contemporary theologies of the Rapture, which might be seen to be the ultimate way of death avoidance.
Its importance lies both in the theological breadth which it covers with respect to a most crucial aspect of our lives - the ending of them – and the illuminating grounding it provides for the minister involved in comforting the bereaved and leading funerals, particularly in the light of the growing disjunction that exists between a society that thinks almost exclusively in terms of the resurrection of the soul and the Christian faith which is predicated upon the resurrection of the body. I commend it not just to students of theology but to any minister who wishes to obtain a thorough and insightful theological underpinning to their pastoral work and preaching.
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Details for Theology of Death
|Author / Artist||Douglas Davies|
|Publisher||Continuum (July 2008)|
|Number of Pages||204|
|Page last updated||15th December 2015|