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Faith and Aging


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

The Thetan Lives On: One Scientologist's View

The Thetan Lives On: One Scientologist's View

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.

Bracing for the Silver Tsunami

Bracing for the Silver Tsunami

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.

A Timeless Winning Trifecta for Every Age

A Timeless Winning Trifecta for Every Age

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.

Jesus' Undignified Death and Our Death with Dignity

Jesus' Undignified Death and Our Death with Dignity

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.

Reorienting the Horizon of Aging

Reorienting the Horizon of Aging

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.

Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Celebrate or Eradicate?

Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Celebrate or Eradicate?

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.

Turning the Wheel: Faith and Aging in Contemporary American Paganisms

Turning the Wheel: Faith and Aging in Contemporary American Paganisms

Aline O'Brien, Ritualist, Author, and Activist

Life—and aging in particular—is the process of becoming an ancestor. Ancestorization.

Aging Christians Supporting Millennials, and Vice Versa

Aging Christians Supporting Millennials, and Vice Versa

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.

The Presumption of Life No More: The

The Presumption of Life No More: The "Safe, Legal, Rare" Misnomer of Euthanasia

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.