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Ith health good looks and material success is in fact a retreat from death which we secretly fear is the final lord of our lives Charting the Christian pilgrimage toward a life freed from t. While the first section read like a forceful polemic on American consumerism and boosterism the second section smacked me loose from my ideas about what it means to identify with Christ and shook me uite hard I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to seriously consider what it means to be a disciple of Christ

review ï eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ô Arthur C. McGill

He dominating power of death McGill uses three scriptural images of Jesus to show us the possibility of walking continually into death being ourselves loving our neighbors and worshiping Go. Captivating This is by all measure the finest explication of St Paul's general line of reasoning that I have ever read The confident fervor with which he proclaims the good news for humankind makes him indistinguishable from PaulThese two men are the perfect book matched pairSuper killer I wish this once that there were stars to be awarded The Beach House images of Jesus to show us the possibility of walking continually Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrines Peculiar Children into death being ourselves loving our neighbors and worshiping Go. Captivating This When I Pray for You is by all measure the finest explication of St Paul's general line of reasoning that I have ever read The confident fervor with which he proclaims the good news for humankind makes him Forced Awakening (Forced, Fucked, and Bred Trilogy, indistinguishable from PaulThese two men are the perfect book matched pairSuper killer I wish this once that there were stars to be awarded

Arthur C. McGill Ô 7 Summary

Of course death will happen to all of us someday but until then it's not something to think about or grapple with But we do think about it Arthur C McGill maintains that our preoccupation w. WhoaI am currently just at the middle point in this work The bulk of the first half deals with the anthropology and psychology of death Having just finished Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death and Richard Beck's recent work on slavery to death this first half though excellent and even considering its brevity masterful disinterested me to a degree But this changed dramatically with the third and middle chapter in this little book In Christ the Transformation of Self Involves Death McGill here begins to unveil the relationship of death to identity and possession I cannot tell you how brilliant he is at this point I am very excited to read the rest but even if the remainder is no outstanding to me than the first two chapters I will consider this an essential read on the merits of the fifteen page third chapter alone


10 thoughts on “Death and Life An American Theology

  1. says:

    I may never give another five star rating to another book after having read this book which I can only give a five star rating to McGill's short little book on Death and American Christianity is packed with as much if not punch than the poems that he uotes in it McGill's focus is on that which we try to take the focus away from in our everyday lives death McGill explains that we experience death daily as little deaths and that those little deaths are the only real death that we experience ourselves Our actual point of termination is not something that is experienced by us for we are already gone Yet the little deaths that lead up to the point of termination cause us to worship that point of termination Death and make it a false godWhen we begin to worship this false god our ideas priorities and understandings of Christianity go awry just as if a so called Christian were to begin to worship Molech of the Canaanites McGill argues that it is only by returning God to the discussion of death honoring how God speaks of death and doesn't ignore it that we arrive at an authentic Christianity This authentic Christianity is orthodox in its view of the relationship between God and humans as well as accurate in its view of the relationship fellows within humankindAs I said before this book has blown the rating scale out of the water You will not be disappointed if you pick it upBook Opening I've been told that this is a short but dense book a concentrated manifesto on how American pop theology treats something that we cannot escape death My Post seminary Applied Learning and Support PALS group decided that this would be the continuing education segment of our next meeting which falls smack in the middle of Lent so that's fittingI'll be interested in seeing where this goes


  2. says:

    I once heard someone say that a good sermon should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable and I think that applies to good theology as well I leave this book feeling disturbed


  3. says:

    WhoaI am currently just at the middle point in this work The bulk of the first half deals with the anthropology and psychology of death Having just finished Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death and Richard Beck's recent work on slavery to death this first half though excellent and even considering its brevity masterful disinterested me to a degree But this changed dramatically with the third and middle chapter in this little book In Christ the Transformation of Self Involves Death McGill here begins to unveil the relationship of death to identity and possession I cannot tell you how brilliant he is at this point I am very excited to read the rest but even if the remainder is no outstanding to me than the first two chapters I will consider this an essential read on the merits of the fifteen page third chapter alone


  4. says:

    This was really good The power is in the last third of the book I guess McGill felt the need to briefly set up his premise and as it is so brief it seems at bit short changed However by addressing masscommon belifs and thoughts of death he can contrast that with the death of Jesus Christ and what it means to die so that one can truly live I read it as get past yourself so that you can live in communion with God in spiritual union Basically how selfishness putting one self always in the center is dehabilitating while relation with God and others leads to a fulfilled life without fear of deathFor an example of what dying and being reborn to God would be like read The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi by Saint Bonaventure


  5. says:

    This book is an interesting discussion about the way Americans and American Christians in particular think about death and dying In many ways the book is hard to read; however the author does bring up many interesting points especially his description of Americans as 'bronze people' and his discussion about the role of neediness physical and material not emotional in Christianity and in popular American culture This text is a decent read and will challenge you to rethink the common American fear of physical neediness and death


  6. says:

    While the first section read like a forceful polemic on American consumerism and boosterism the second section smacked me loose from my ideas about what it means to identify with Christ and shook me uite hard I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to seriously consider what it means to be a disciple of Christ


  7. says:

    Captivating This is by all measure the finest explication of St Paul's general line of reasoning that I have ever read The confident fervor with which he proclaims the good news for humankind makes him indistinguishable from PaulThese two men are the perfect book matched pairSuper killer I wish this once that there were stars to be awarded


  8. says:

    Wow Very short 95 pages or so but full of insight into Christian existence


  9. says:

    Written in the 1970s excruciatingly relevant to the present moment


  10. says:

    Matthew Lee Anderson referenced


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