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1. Introduction; 2. Body, bones and breath of life; 3. Martyrs, altars and the bread of life; 4. Judge of living and the dead; 5. And for our salvation; 6. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; 7. The Lord and Giver of Life; 8. Integrity and eternal life.
Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion in the University of Durham, UK. His numerous books on death and other aspects of Religious Studies reflect his combined skills both as an Anthropologist of Religion and Theologian.
"Pastors, read these rich essays" - Church Times Mention -Book News, February 2009 Mention --Book News, February 2009 Mention Book News, February 2009 "I commend it not just to students of theology but to any minister who wishes to obtain a thorough and insightful theological underpinning to their pastoral work and preaching." Richard Greatrex, www.thegoodbookstall.org.uk ."..richly ecletic in style...liberating, full of hope and spiritually rewarding." Theology, November 2009 "It is amazing that in less than 200 pages the author can present so much information, and in addition, that he opens thought provoking perspectives to the reader...this is a challenging book with many triggers for thought." Journal of Reformed Theology 3, 2009 "Professor Davies...has produced a well-constructed thesis in an attempt to provide a series of links between the two great unknowns...I urge not only all those to whom Professor Davies has directed it, but also the wider readership that is interested in the subject to obtain a copy and to make good use of it." The Christian Parapsychologist, 2009 --Sanford Lakoff "The Theology of Death is undoubtedly a masterful and comprehensive study about death and our varied attitudes toward his inevitable life event. Certainly this text is unique in that it directly confronts a cultural taboo with historical contexts, religious influence, and human experiences. This scholarly treatment of death is destined to be a classic study for theological practitioners and for those seeking to fully live life in spite of the reality of death.... This captivating text is complete with an impressive bibliography, footnotes, and a helpful index. This title is recommended for all libraries." John-Leonard Berg, Catholic Library World--Sanford Lakoff "Catholic Library World " "[T]his is an excellent book for those interested in a new, imaginative, and contextualized approach to the theology of death. the 'traditional' elements of eschatology, judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory, appear within a different, less systematized approach, more integrated with life itself. Throughout its ten chapters, the book invites us to discover the present reality regarding death, particularly in the Western world, with the transformation regarding customs pertaining to the corpse, coffin and cross; baptism and marriage; liturgies, life and death; heaven and hell; longings; grave, grove and rapture; cremation, burial and change; life-death balance and to live and live again. At the same time, the book highlights the challenges that confront Christian Churches and the way in which they can continue to keep the radical faith in life that Christ brings." Ramon Martinez de Pison, Saint Paul University, Theoforum Vol. 39 No. 3, 2008--Sanford Lakoff