Modern Believing

Acceptance and Resistance in a Theology of Death

Modern Believing (2015), 56, (2), 223–236.

Abstract

There is a tension in facing death between acceptance and resistance. According to the Judaeo-Christian tradition, this ambiguity in experience is rooted in human psychosomatic unity and in a theological view of death which combines elements of death as enemy and as natural boundary to life. The tension experienced between acceptance and resistance matches a theology in which the dead person is understood as existing ‘in’ the triune God so that God ‘represents’ the person until an event described metaphorically as resurrection. This sustains a theology of grief coherent with the interplay between protest and acceptance observed in the face of death.

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Fiddes, Paul