Dementia : living in the memories of God / John Swinton. - Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., c2012. - x, 298 p. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A practical theology of dementia -- Redescribing dementia : starting from the right place -- Fragmentation of persons and the creation of "typical" people -- Moving beyond the standard paradigm : from defectology to relationships -- Problem with personhood : why it might not be such a good idea for people to be persons -- Relational personhood and the vanishing self : is there a person in person-centered care? -- Personhood and humanness : importance of being a creature -- Living in the memories of God : memory and divine embrace -- Becoming friends of time : learning to live in the present moment -- Hospitality among strangers : Christian communities as places of belonging.
Dementia is one of the most feared diseases in Western society today. Some have even gone so far as to suggest euthanasia as a solution to the perceived indignity of memory loss and the disorientation that accompanies it. In this book John Swinton develops a practical theology of dementia for caregivers, people with dementia, ministers, hospital chaplains, and medical practitioners as he explores two primary questions: Who am I when I've forgotten who I am? What does it mean to love God and be loved by God when I have forgotten who God is? Offering compassionate and carefully considered theological and pastoral responses to dementia and forgetfulness, Swinton's Dementia: Living in the Memories of God redefines dementia in light of the transformative counter story that is the gospel.
9780802867162 (pbk.) 0802867162 (pbk.)
BT732.4 / .S95 2012