The Role of Death in Life (Veritas #15) (Paperback)

The Role of Death in Life (Veritas #15) By John Behr (Editor), Conor Cunningham (Editor) Cover Image
By John Behr (Editor), Conor Cunningham (Editor)
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The relation between life and death is a subject of perennial relevance for all human beings--and indeed, the whole world and the entire universe, in as much as, according to the saying of ancient Greek philosophy, all things that come into being pass away. Yet it is also a topic of increasing complexity, for life and death now appear to be more intertwined than previously or commonly thought. Moreover, the relation between life and death is also one of increasing urgency, as through the twin phenomena of an increase in longevity unprecedented in human history and the rendering of death, dying, and the dead person all but invisible, people living in the industrialized and post-industrialized Western world of today have lost touch with the reality of death. This radically new situation, and predicament, has implications--medical, ethical, economic, philosophical, and, not least, theological--that have barely begun to be addressed. This volume gathers together essays by a distinguished and diverse group of scientists, theologians, philosophers, and health practitioners, originally presented in a symposium sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

About the Author

John Behr is the Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. He has published numerous monographs with SVS Press and OUP, most recently an edition and translation of the fragments of Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia and a monograph on Irenaeus. Conor Cunningham, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, serves as codirector of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. He is the author of the Genealogy of Nihilism (2002) and the award-winning Darwin's Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong (2010). Cunningham was also the writer and presenter of the multi award-winning BBC documentary Did Darwin Kill God?
Product Details
ISBN: 9781498209588
ISBN-10: 1498209580
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: August 31st, 2015
Pages: 206
Language: English
Series: Veritas