Ultimate Journey: Death and Dying in the World's Major Religions: Death and Dying in the World's Major Religions

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Steven Rosen
ABC-CLIO, Oct 30, 2008 - Religion - 208 pages
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Like taxes, death is inevitable. Everyone experiences it sooner or later. This book offers perspectives on death and dying from all major religions, written by experts in each of those religions. Focusing on the major world traditions, it offers important information about what death and dying means to those practicing these faiths. The second part of the book adds a necessary and truly unique perspective - a personal look at how people actually die in the various world religions, as told by a hospital chaplain, with anecdotes and experiences that bring the death process to life, so to speak.

Each chapter engages the theology of each religion, giving quotes from the literature of their respective scriptural traditions, to explain the process of dying, death, and the afterlife. In doing so, each author draws on the history of his respective tradition and looks at real-life figures, exemplars of the tradition, showing how practitioners view death and hope to one day engage the death process themselves.

 

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Rosen (editor in chief, Journal of Vaishnava Studies) has compiled six distinct essays, including a conclusion, on death, dying, and mortality from the vantages of the "world's major religions ... Read full review

Contents

The Journey of the Soul
1
Christian Teachings on Death and Dying
21
3 Death and Dying in Islam
59
Buddhist Views of Death and Dying
83
5 Hindu Models of Enlightened Death
115
A Shepherd in the TrenchesOne Chaplains Work with the Dying
155
Index
187
About the Editor and the Contributors
195
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Steven J. Rosen is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies and Associate Editor of Back to Godhead, the magazine of the Hare Krishna movement. His recent books include Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights, Essential Hinduism (Greenwood, 2006), and Krishna's Song: A New look at the Bhagavad Gita (Praeger, 2007).

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