Death, Where Is Your Sting?
By: Robert Reiss - Christian Alternative, $16.95)
Description: Death, Where Is Your Sting? is about both the process of dying and the question of what, if anything, happens after death.
Robert Reiss knows the answers to his questions have eluded philosophers and theologians past, but he gives a compelling argument as to why we should continue to ask the question in light of new evidence from neuroscience and new interpretations of the New Testament.
Verdict: In paying close attention to the contested issue of assisted dying, here in the highly thought provoking new book Death, Where Is Your Sting? Dying and Death Examined, author Reiss shows that questions of life after death are not only eternal, but urgent, as lawmakers continue to use religion and religious ethics as a guide.
This thoroughly researched and illuminating exploration of a sensitive topic comes as seven chapters – albeit the last one is a Personal Statement from Reiss, where he explains he himself is in perfect health, and that he is writing this very same book at the height of Covid-19, knowing full well that he is within the “vulnerable” category of people – which trace the historical review of Christian man’s thinking on what happens when one dies.
Some might call it a little self-indulgent, others might term it as a challenging read, but either way no one is wrong, as these are one man’s thoughts alone, but what I can say, wholeheartedly, is that having read it now (twice through), it has most definitely helped me to move my thinking onward to a time that nobody likes to prepare for, let along fixate and dissect, of course.
Embodying both the process of dying and the question of what, if anything, happens after death, Reiss opens with theology and ends with an overview of the his own conclusions, thus ensuring that whether he is still amongst the living or has indeed passed on, he has presented the world with a thorough, and deeply thoughtful process of Death, the right to die and thus allows the reader an expanse of reflective musings on which to sink back and ponder on.
About the Author: Robert Reiss was born in 1943. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Westcott House, and ordained in 1969. He is Canon Emeritus of Westminster. He lives in London, UK.
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