Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions: A Study of the Death Awareness Movement (American University Studies Series #7: Theology and Religion)

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The death awareness movement provides a new language for speaking about death and dying by stressing death, dying and bereavement as meaningful human experiences beyond their medical context. This movement appears secular and detached from religion, although its advocates embrace spirituality. However, is this separation from religion realistic? Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions refutes that view and undermines the popular opposition between spirituality and religion. The death awareness movement is deeply indebted to popular Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as tribal religions for their ideas and images. Urging a thoughtful theological response, this book illustrates how such diverse religious legacies contribute to contemporary views of death and dying.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions Today 1
Ch. 1 The Death Awareness Movement and Its Spirituality 13
Ch. 2 Spirituality: Traditional and Contemporary Meanings 33
Ch. 3 From "Nice" to "Mess": Critical Perspectives 53
Ch. 4 Christianity and Death Awareness Imagery: "Lapsed," "Recovering" and Disconnected 69
Ch. 5 Christian Legacies: Continuities, Retentions and Returns 93
Ch. 6 Judaism's Spirituality of Mourning 121
Ch. 7 American Buddhism: Conscious Dying and Spiritual Practices 147
Ch. 8 Tribal Religions: Idealizations and Actualities 177
Conclusion: Christian Responses to the Death Awareness Movement 201
Notes 223
Bibliography 235
Index 243
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