Theology and Issues of Life and Death

Theology and Issues of Life and Death

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Theology and Issues of Life and Death by John Heywood Thomas, Susan F. Parsons

"Does theology have any relevance to the problem of life and death?" According to John Heywood Thomas the answer is an unequivocal yes. A largely personal expression of this conviction precedes the argument's exposition, which is then stated first of all quite generally--that nothing human is alien to theology's concern. Three main issues are considered: the unborn life, death as an event in life, and the possibility of global death. The issue of a life before birth is a complex problem, requiring an awareness of philosophical issues as of the empirical factors. The same kind of multifaceted thinking is needed in confronting the issue of death, an inescapable topic for theology. If death is an event in life what does it reveal about the meaning of life? And what of the very human action of the funeral? After a discussion of the complex issues involved the argument returns to the global reference of theology. Two areas of concern are singled out to show that the theologian can offer guidance in debate: the environmental crisis and the threat of nuclear war.

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ISBN-13: 9781621896340
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 467 KB

About the Author

John Heywood Thomas, Emeritus Professor of Nottingham University, was Head of its Department of Theology and successively Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Arts Faculty. He had taught previously at the University of Manchester, Episcopal Seminary Austin, Texas, and the University of Durham. Described by Paul Tillich as his "logical critic," he has written studies of Tillich as well as of Kierkegaard.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Theology and Matters of Life and Death
Chapter 2 The Problem of the Unborn Life
Chapter 3 The Problem of Death
Chapter 4 Life and the Meaning of Death
Chapter 5 Life, Death, and Paradise: The Theology of the Funeral
Appendix to Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Responsibility as an Inclusive Concept
Chapter 7 Global Life and Death

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