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Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging

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"Meilaender (Neither Beast nor God) addresses aging like a tutor in a Tudor library, the fire embering in the grate. For this brief study, he speaks conversationally and in the manner of a well-read master: 'We need to think about how to think about growing old.' Meilaender analyzes age-retardation from three competing angles: humans are finite organisms; humans are distinguished from other organisms by freedom and reason; and humans are marked by ecstasy, that is, drawn out of themselves toward God. In six chapters, the theologian and ethicist explores transitional humanity, living forever, and a generative life. He writes eloquently on an unexpected topic: patience. Throughout, he offers his own witty opinions and quotes widely, from experts on aging, such as Erik Erikson and Margaret Urban Walker, but also from philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, and poet John Hall Wheelock. After the tutorial, Meilaender offers an afterword seminar — an imagined conversation — for three voices, each representing a different viewpoint on his argument, then ends on a note of eternal youth. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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9780802868695
Author:
Meilaender, Gilbert
Publisher:
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Subject:
Sociology-Aging
Subject:
Christianity-Social Issues
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Aging
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
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Religion » Christianity » Theology and Ethics
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Meilaender (Neither Beast nor God) addresses aging like a tutor in a Tudor library, the fire embering in the grate. For this brief study, he speaks conversationally and in the manner of a well-read master: 'We need to think about how to think about growing old.' Meilaender analyzes age-retardation from three competing angles: humans are finite organisms; humans are distinguished from other organisms by freedom and reason; and humans are marked by ecstasy, that is, drawn out of themselves toward God. In six chapters, the theologian and ethicist explores transitional humanity, living forever, and a generative life. He writes eloquently on an unexpected topic: patience. Throughout, he offers his own witty opinions and quotes widely, from experts on aging, such as Erik Erikson and Margaret Urban Walker, but also from philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, and poet John Hall Wheelock. After the tutorial, Meilaender offers an afterword seminar — an imagined conversation — for three voices, each representing a different viewpoint on his argument, then ends on a note of eternal youth. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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