An immanent approach to death : theological implications of a secular view

Show simple item record Du Toit, C.W. 2015-09-14T06:05:45Z 2015-09-14T06:05:45Z 2009-11
dc.description.abstract The thesis of this article is that contemporary people are increasingly ousting death from their consciousness and focussing instead on the complexities of life in a context of horizontal transcendence. This replaces the Pauline notion that death is the fruit of sin and will be overcome if its real cause, sin, is vanquished through the death and resurrection of Christ. The article shows how religions, the state and civil society have abused human fear of death in the course of history. It examines the way science has ‘biologised’ death and the impact this has on concepts such as soul, the hereafter and identity. Reflection on the hereafter tends to make light of death. The article deals with some philosophical models (especially those of Hegel and Heidegger) that incorporate the negative (non-being, death) into life (the subject). I then outline a model incorporating death into life at a horizontal transcendental level in order to make death plausible. The example cited is Sölle’s work. The article concludes with a discussion of some theological implications of an immanent approach to death. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Du Toit, C.W., 2009, ‘An immanent approach to death: Theological implications of a secular view’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1), Art. #296, 8 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.296. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v65i1.296
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2009. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Secularisation of death en_ZA
dc.subject Hereafter en_ZA
dc.subject Sin and death en_ZA
dc.subject Fear of death en_ZA
dc.subject Horizontal transcendence en_ZA
dc.title An immanent approach to death : theological implications of a secular view en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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