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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (3 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802846076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802846075
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the hallmarks of contemporary culture is its attitude toward aging and the elderly. Youth and productivity are celebrated in today's society, while the elderly are increasingly marginalized. This not only poses difficulties for old people but is also a loss for the young and middle-agers, who could learn much from the elderly, including what it means to grow old (and die) in Christ.

"Growing Old in Christ" presents the first serious theological reflection ever on what it means to grow old, particularly in our culture and particularly as a Christian. In a full-orbed discussion of the subject, eighteen first-rate Christian thinkers survey biblical and historical perspectives on aging, look at aging in the modern world, and describe the Christian practice of growing old. Along the way they address many timely issues, including the medicalization of aging, the debate over physician-assisted suicide, and the importance of friendships both among the elderly and between the elderly and the young.

Weighty enough to instruct theologians, ethicists, and professional caregivers yet accessible enough for pastors and general readers, this book will benefit anyone seeking faith-based insight into growing old.

CONTRIBUTORS: David Aers
David Cloutier
Rowan A. Greer
Stanley Hauerwas
Judith C. Hays
Richard B. Hays
Shaun C. Henson
L. Gregory Jones
Susan Pendleton Jones
Patricia Beattie Jung
D. Stephen Long
M. Therese Lysaught
David Matzko McCarthy
Keith G. Meador
Charles Pinches
Joel James Shuman
Carole Bailey Stoneking
Laura Yordy

About the Author

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom, With the Grain of the Universe, A Better Hope, and Christian Existence Today.

Carole Bailey Stoneking is professor of religion at High Point University in North Carolina.

Meador is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, and Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Medicine and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.

David Cloutier is associate professor of theology at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is the author of "Walking God s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith" (Liturgical Press, 2014), and serves as a director at the Common Market, the consumer food cooperative of Frederick, Maryland.

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HASH(0x8ce83390) out of 5 stars Helpful to all who are aging. 2 April 2011
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There seems to be two parallel tracks evident in the various essays presented by the contributors of this volume, one is descriptive and the other is prescriptive, but both come together into a single idea: perspective.

In each essay, different aspects of aging are described. From a historical viewpoint, the aged were rare and honored, and they were seen as representing wisdom and virtue. In the modern era, aging is seen as a curse, something to be avoided and despised, and this view impacts our political, economic and social culture. The individual effect of aging is seen in physical, mental and emotional changes, reduction in social interaction, moral decisions, and rituals surrounding death.

The various prescriptive aspects offered in these essays include proper treatment and attitudes toward the elderly within the Christian community, and the challenge to apply our theology consistently by seeing aging and death as a natural and unique experience. They declare that we can benefit greatly by learning from older people and the process of aging.

The unifying idea is perspective. In the past, the aged were honored because they were valued as a source of strength, tradition, wisdom and blessing. In the present, older people are seen as representing weakness, obsolescence, corruption and death; youth is valued and aged despised. The theological perspective sees aging as a virtue and the aged as being worthy of honor. As the Church of Jesus Christ, our perspective must inform how we treat our elderly, and how we approach growing older - with dignity and grace.
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HASH(0x8ce83258) out of 5 stars The book and the material is better than I thought. It is very helpful info for my pastoral ministry. Thanks. 31 Dec. 2013
By Greg Borden - Published on Amazon.com
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The information in the book is right on! We have many seniors in our church family and the writer's have given a plethora of good insights. I will continue to use the material through out my pastoral ministry time.
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Very inspirational book for understanding what aging parents are going through.
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HASH(0x8ce7f894) out of 5 stars growing old in christ is like moving forward with a very trusted friend. 11 Jan. 2014
By Jane Allgood - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend for those of us who are in our 60 as we move toward retirement and the natural loss of friends that entails. excellent ook!!
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