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Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead

Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead

by Cody J. Sanders, Mikeal C. Parsons
Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead

Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead

by Cody J. Sanders, Mikeal C. Parsons


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Corpse Care relates the history of death care in the U.S. to craft robust, constructive, practical ethics for tending the dead. It specifically relates corpse care to economic, environmental, and pastoral concerns.

Death and the treatment of the dead body loom large in our collective, cultural consciousness. The authors explore the materiality and meaning of the dead body and the living's relationship to it. All the biggest questions facing the planetary human community relate in one way or another to the corpse. Surprisingly, Christian communities are largely missing in the discussion of the dead, having abdicated the historic role in care for the dead to the funeral industry. Christianity has stopped its reflection about the body once that body no longer bears life. Corpse Care stakes a claim that the fact of embodiment, this incarnational truth, this process of our bodily becoming, is a practical, ethical, and theological necessity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506471310
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2023
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 514,889
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square; the American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University; and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Affiliated Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology & Chaplaincy Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary.

Mikeal C. Parsons is Professor and Macon Chair in Religion at Baylor University, where he has taught since 1986. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than twenty-five books and numerous articles and essays. With Heidi J. Hornik, Parsons co-wrote the Illuminating Luke trilogy (T & T Clark). He also co-authored the Baylor handbook on the Greek Text of Luke and Acts and published commentaries on Luke and Acts in the Paideia Series, which he co-edits.

Table of Contents


Chapter One The Corpse from Antiquity to Antebellum Garden Cemeteries

Chapter Two The Corpse from the Civil War to the Industrialization of Deathcare

Chapter Three The Corpse in the Web of Life: A Practical Theology

Chapter Four The Corpse to Come: Imagining Deathcare Anew


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