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Can end of life narratives help shed light on faith?

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Can end of life narratives help shed light on faith?

Gruner, Peter Hamilton (2001) Can end of life narratives help shed light on faith? Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is a theological exploration of a person's narrative during the terminal phase of his life. The rationale for using end of life narrative in a theological study is discussed. The subject of the narrative, William, suffers from advanced Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In recording William's narrative, a particular focus was given to his reaction to the angina he had developed earlier in his life. This reaction was pivotal in his prayer life and paved the way to his acceptance of his ALS. The study considers theological aspects of his life in light of current Christian theological thinking. Among the Christian theological aspects of the study are the mysteries of the Trinity, Incarnation, Redemption and the Communion of Saints. Because it is an exploratory study, further work would be required to assess the value of end of life narratives as a means of understanding faith.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Theological Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gruner, Peter Hamilton
Pagination:iv, 119 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Theological Studies
Date:2001
Thesis Supervisor(s):Jamieson, Christine
ID Code:1666
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:21
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:22
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