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The Resurrection and Bereavement Experiences

O'Collins, Gerald (2011) The Resurrection and Bereavement Experiences. Irish Theological Quarterly, 76 (3). pp. 224-237. ISSN 0021-1400

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This article presents and evaluates an analogy between the appearances of the risen Christ to his disciples and the experiences that many widows and widowers have of their deceased spouses. After his pioneering work on such bereavement experiences (published in 1971), Dr Dewi Rees produced further publications in this area, and in Pointers to Eternity (2010) he has proposed the case for the analogy in detail. This article argues that there are too many dissimilarities for the analogy to be acknowledged as close and illuminating, but recognizes how the work of Rees and his successors can serve to confirm Easter faith and hope for some people, especially the bereaved who experience their dead spouses.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Resurrection, bereaved persons, analogy, disciples
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 06:02
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 02:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1391

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