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The Death of Self: Transcendence into a New Reality

 

Death is often simply defined by its physical biological manifestation and the grief processes associated with the loss of those we love. Yet death is much more. Non-biological death comes in many forms: emotionally, intellectually, psychologically, socially, and even spiritually. Each form of death affects us individually as well as the systems we are part of. Every day folks face these differing manifestations of death and can either succumb to despair, remain committed to the fight in the tension of life and death, or transcend into life changing realities of a new being where they will meet predictable responses, not always supportive, from those they love. This work offers both a theological and theoretical context to help individuals and communities explore, define, and then confess death and resurrection experiences as a means to better understand how God is still speaking.

 

The paper and slideshow were presented at the First Annual Theological Student Conference at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, April 18 and 19, 2008.