This comprehensive study of the intersection of death and religion offers a unique look at how religious people approach death in the twenty-first century. Previous scholarship has largely focused on traditional beliefs and paid little attention to how religious traditions evolve in relation to their changing social context. Employing a sociological approach, "Death and Religion in a Changing World" describes how people from a wide variety of faiths draw on and adapt traditional beliefs and practices as they deal with death in modern societies. The book includes coverage of newly emerging social and religious phenomena that are only just beginning to be analyzed by religion scholars, such as public shrines, the role of the media, spiritual bereavement groups, and the use of the Internet in death practices.
Acknowledgments; Introduction, Kathleen Garces-Foley; I. Religious Approaches to Death; 1. The Politics of Death and Burial in Native California, Dennis F. Kelley; 2. Contemporary Hindu Approaches to Death: Living With the Dead, Mark Elmore; 3. Judaism and Death: Finding Meaning in Ritual, Rebecca Golbert; 4. Buddhisms and Death, Robert E. Goss and Dennis Klass; 5. Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox Approaches to Death, Lizette Larson-Miller; 6. Protestant Approaches to Death: Overcoming Death's Sting, Glenn Lucke and Richard B. Gilbert, with Ronald K. Barrett; 7. Muslim Ways of Death: Between the Prescribed and the Performed, Juan Eduardo Campo; 8. Sikhism and Death, Kristina Myrvold; II. Death in Contemporary Societies; 9. Contemporary American Funerals: Personalizing Tradition, Kathleen Garces-Foley and Justin S. Holcomb; 10. Forms of Disposal, Douglas J. Davies; 11. Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorialization, Sylvia Grider; 12. Disaster, Modernity, and the Media, Tony Walter; 13. Grief, Religion, and Spirituality, Dennis Klass; Epilogue, Evan Berry; About the Contributors; * Index.