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.While conservative churches that are traditionalist or liturgical in worship style use many or all of the same elements as a mainline Protestant funeral, many other conservative churches emphasize contemporary, nonliturgical worship forms. ... However, even without a prescribed outline, a nonliturgical worship service would still be structured by the pastor around the basic elements of prayer, scripture, anbsp;...

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


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