Dementia : living in the memories of God / John Swinton.
By: Swinton, John.Material type: TextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., c2012Description: x, 298 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780802867162 (pbk.); 0802867162 (pbk.).Subject(s): Dementia -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Memory -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Dementia -- Patients -- Religious lifeLOC classification: BT732.4 | .S95 2012
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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.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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