Category Archives: Death

How Was God Involved in the Injustice of the Crucifixion?

One of the ways that Christians understand the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion is to view it as a form of divine punishment which Jesus suffered on behalf of Israel and the rest of humanity. This way of viewing the crucifixion is otherwise known as Continue reading How Was God Involved in the Injustice of the Crucifixion?

On Grief and Grieving

Kubler-RossSwiss psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross was one of the worlds leading experts on the subject of death and dying. Her explanation of the “five stages of grief” – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – is now well-known, as are her books On Death and Dying (1969) and Life Lessons (2001). Her final publication, On Grief and Grieving (2005), was co-authored with David Kessler during the preparations for her own death. This last work dispels some of the myths and misunderstandings of the five stages and Continue reading On Grief and Grieving

Blaise Pascal on Numbing Ourselves to Death

Mathematician and Philosopher (1623 – 1662)

These quotes are a wake-up call for those of us who are comfortably numb:

“Diversion. Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.” (133)

“The immortality of the soul is something of such vital importance to us, affecting us so deeply, that one must have lost all feeling not to care about knowing the facts of the matter… Thus the fact that there exist men who are indifferent to the loss of their being and the peril of an eternity of wretchedness is against Continue reading Blaise Pascal on Numbing Ourselves to Death