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In The Meanings of Death, John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. Examining the themes of friendship and sacrifice in the world's major religions, Bowker argues that there are points of vital contact with secular understandings of death, and that religious and secular attitudes can support and reinforce one another. An affirmative recovery of the value of death is important in our response to bereavement, and in the treatment of the terminally ill. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife beyond it, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the 'final question' in a way which is always sensitive and often moving.

Synopsis:

John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the "final question".

Synopsis:

John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the "final question".

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-237) and index.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Death and the origins of religion; Part II. Religions and the origin of death: 2. Judaism; 3. Christianity; 4. Islam; 5. Hinduism; 6. Buddhism; Part III Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521447737
Author:
Bowker, John
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Religious aspects
Subject:
Death -- Religious aspects -- Comparative studies.
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Death -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto original series
Series Volume:
RCP035
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
7.94x6.16x.69 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 260 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521447737 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the "final question".
"Synopsis" by , John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the "final question".
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