Growing Old in Christ

Growing Old in Christ

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One of the hallmarks of contemporary culture is its attitude toward aging and the elderly. Youth and productivity are celebrated in today's society, while the elderly are increasingly marginalized. This not only poses difficulties for old people but is also a loss for the young and middle-agers, who could learn much from the elderly, including what it means to grow old (and die) qin Christ.q Growing Old in Christ presents the first serious theological reflection ever on what it means to grow old, particularly in our culture and particularly as a Christian. In a full-orbed discussion of the subject, eighteen first-rate Christian thinkers survey biblical and historical perspectives on aging, look at aging in the modern world, and describe the qChristian practice of growing old.q Along the way they address many timely issues, including the medicalization of aging, the debate over physician-assisted suicide, and the importance of friendships both among the elderly and between the elderly and the young. Weighty enough to instruct theologians, ethicists, and professional caregivers yet accessible enough for pastors and general readers, this book will benefit anyone seeking faith-based insight into growing old. Contributors: David Aers David Cloutier Rowan A. Greer Stanley Hauerwas Judith C. Hays Richard B. Hays Shaun C. Henson L. Gregory Jones Susan Pendleton Jones Patricia Beattie Jung D. Stephen Long M. Therese Lysaught David Matzko McCarthy Keith G. Meador Charles Pinches Joel James Shuman Carole Bailey Stoneking Laura YordyFurthermore, in a funeral context, the Eucharist itself may take on new meaning for many, truly becoming aquot;that sacrament of ... aquot;a member or friend of the family may speak in remembrance of the deceased before the final commendation beginsaquot; (no. ... is now permitted within the Roman Catholic Church as long as the body of the deceased is present for the funeral liturgy a€” remains troubling for Christians.

Title:Growing Old in Christ
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Publisher:Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing - 2003-06-20

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