The gradual aging of American society has triggered wide and disparate conversations about Social Security, euthanasia, elder care, medical attempts to prolong life, and the attempt to attain immortality. The challenges of growing old are abundant and often frightening. How can we grow old gracefully? What do our faith traditions offer in support of this part of the life experience? How do they interpret the journey toward death?
Faith and Aging
David Aden, Writer, Scientologist
When aging presents challenges to be endured, Scientologists are comforted in the knowledge that aging is a chapter most germane to the body, not the thetan.
Deborah Barr, Author, Speaker, Health Educator
If a real tsunami were headed for American shores, we would mobilize with urgency, taking every precaution to protect our lives, property, and national interests.
Stephen Bauman, Senior Minister, Christ Church NYC
Experience reveals that a new day generally requires a new kind of work that's reliant on faith and hope, and, oh yes, love.
Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC
Though we, in Christ, rebel against the enemy of sin and death, the aging process offers us fresh opportunities to grow.
Maxine Hancock, Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies, Regent College, Canada
Old age is not something to be regretted, but a stage of life to be embraced, with a particular value placed on the human body.
Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, Independent Scholar, International Lecturer
Those who remember the past in a manner that enriches their present, exemplify the biblical image of Lady Wisdom in the opening chapters of Proverbs.
Aline O'Brien, Ritualist, Author, and Activist
Life—and aging in particular—is the process of becoming an ancestor. Ancestorization.
Christopher Schilling, Minister, University Place Christian Church, Champaign, IL
We need to encourage the process of exploring things that older and younger generations in our communities share while also allowing the opportunity for both of these generations to be a spiritual presence to one another in diverse ways.
Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC
The introduction of euthanasia into public policy brings with it a new regime of calculations that had not previously been considered. The presumption of life that undergirds the philosophy of medicine is slowly being upended.