Death and Religion in a Changing World

Death and Religion in a Changing World

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This comprehensive study of the intersection of death and religion offers a unique look at how religious people approach death in the twenty-first century. Previous scholarship has largely focused on traditional beliefs and paid little attention to how religious traditions evolve in relation to their changing social context. Employing a sociological approach, qDeath and Religion in a Changing Worldq describes how people from a wide variety of faiths draw on and adapt traditional beliefs and practices as they deal with death in modern societies. The book includes coverage of newly emerging social and religious phenomena that are only just beginning to be analyzed by religion scholars, such as public shrines, the role of the media, spiritual bereavement groups, and the use of the Internet in death practices.Cremation for Roman Catholics has been permitted since 1963, but the official stance is still for burial, as stated in the theological introduction ... The elements of the ritual that focused on the body (reception, final commendation) remain problematic with regard to cremated remains ... First is the augmentation of the funeral rite for children, which did not exist as a full rite until after the reforms of Vatican II.


Title:Death and Religion in a Changing World
Author: Kathleen Garces-Foley
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-12-18
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