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Bregman's response to "a new language for death and dying and grief" was prompted by a seminary student's rhetorical question: "Once you've said that death is natural, what more is there to say?" She largely embraces the death-awareness and hospice movements that have articulated the new language, in which "death is natural" is a commonplace. But that commonplaceness raises questions about its meaning and challenges Christian traditions that have long devoted attention to the supernatural. To show how Christian thought has been transformed by the new language, Bregman first sketches the histories of Christian attitudes toward death and dying and of the death-awareness and hospice movements in the U.S. She then discusses the interrelationship of the three, incidentally considering American misappropriation of Freudian language. Convinced that Christianity has a stake in the death-awareness movement, she argues that a Christian contribution to the movement should be grounded in a theology of the Cross and resurrection. She may leave readers convinced that there is more to say and that saying it will be of lasting importance. Steven Schroeder

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Lucy Bregman is Professor of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664258026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664258023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beyond Silence and Denial looks at the roles of death in the Christian Faith. The author lays out how the Protestant view of death and dying has shifted through out the ages. Sometimes this shift was in response to secularism or social problems. The model that the author proposes is how Jesus responded to death and dying. Jesus willingly yielded his spirit on the cross not as an act of defeat or victory, but out of trust in his Father. Death is seen as a part of God's plan and nothing, including dying, can separate us from communion with God.
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Prior to reading this text I had never heard of the death awareness movement, and after reading it I still can't seem to pinpoint it. I learned more about what it is not. However, the author makes good points about the reality of death and how our society not only denies it and tries to overcome it, but how our culture pushes bereaved persons to rush through their grief and "get on with life."
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