Aging, Spirituality, And Religion

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This book examines the ways religion and spirituality are experienced by aging persons within an aging society. It aims to encompass the wholeness of the elder's life, including spiritual yearnings that are often shaped by religious faith and practice. Eminent contributors from a variety of disciplines explore this new terrain of an emerging interdisciplinary field. The result is a volume that will function as the standard reference work in the area, an important tool for professionals and students in health care, psychology, spiritual ministry, and gerontology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634186
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 664
  • Sales rank: 1,240,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Contributors xiii
Foreword xxi
Preface xxiii
Introduction: Beginning the Conversation 1
Part 1 Religion, Spirituality, and the Aging Person 5
1. Religion and Health in Later Life 9
2. Religion and Psychological Well-Being 30
3. Religion and Coping 47
4. The Continuity of the Spiritual Self 68
5. Spiritual Development in Later Life 74
6. Mysticism 87
7. The Development of Wisdom 102
8. Religion and Persons of Color 119
Part 2 Pastoral Care in an Aging Society 129
9. Pastoral Care 131
10. Assessment, Referral, and Networking 148
11. Pastoral Care of African Americans 161
12. Legal and Financial Concerns 174
13. Ethical Perspectives 187
Part 3 Congregational Ministry in an Aging Society 197
14. Age-Based Jewish and Christian Rituals 201
15. Religious Education 218
16. Worship, Traditions, and Settings 233
17. A Feminist Perspective on Aging 242
18. Congregational Models 253
19. Elements of Parish Revitalization 270
Part 4 Community Outreach in an Aging Society 281
20. The Church in the Community 285
21. Church-Based Support Programs for Elderly Black Adults: Congregational and Clergy Characteristics 306
22. Congregation-Based Health Programs 325
23. Congregation-Sponsored Housing 335
24. Congregation as a Spiritual Care Community 350
25. Spiritual Challenges of Nursing Home Life 362
26. Older Gay and Lesbian Adults 374
Part 5 Theological Perspectives on Aging 385
27. A Jewish Perspective 389
28. A Catholic Perspective 403
29. Evangelical Perspectives 417
30. A Neo-Orthodox Perspective 429
31. A Process Theology Perspective 444
32. A Feminist Theology of Aging 460
33. Constructive Theology 483
34. Science and Religion in Dialogue 497
Part 6 Social Scientific Perspectives on Aging 507
35. Adult Development Theories and Concepts 511
36. Sociological Theories 533
37. Applications of Research Methods 541
38. The Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology 558
39. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods 568
40. Interpretive Social Science and Spirituality 589
Index of Names 613
Index of Subjects 625
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