Head in the Sand

Head in the Sand

When I was studying, I read excerpts of a book by Ernest Becker called The Denial of Death. The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974, focuses on how humans develop strategies to ignore any awareness of their mortality and vulnerability so that they can keep up a...
Who is your next of kin?

Who is your next of kin?

The question ‘who is your next of kin’ came up for me recently when a family member was in hospital. When you are in a hospital in the emergency department or admitted to a ward this question is always asked, so that they have contact details of a close...
THE SEVENTH SEAL

THE SEVENTH SEAL

©Reel World Theology I was pleased to find this blog post, as during 2019 a new business near my home has opened and it is called Seventh Seal. The Dance: Ingmar Bergman’s Fear of Death in THE SEVENTH SEAL. I researched the name of the business and dsicovered...
Symbolism within St Peter’s Church, Malmö.

Symbolism within St Peter’s Church, Malmö.

This is a 14th century church that was damaged during the reformation, when the interior of the building was whitewashed, as it was thought to appear too Catholic. I was exploring this wonderful gothic church in Sweden when I realised that I was surrounded by prolific...
Raising a glass to the dead

Raising a glass to the dead

The familiar legendary tale of Midas, a Greek king who’s one wish was to have everything that he touched turn into gold, demonstrates how his own avarice became a curse when he did not have anything to eat or drink. An ancient tomb that was discovered in Gordium...
Why Are the Living Furious About the Dead?

Why Are the Living Furious About the Dead?

In this blog post, I will be reflecting on this article. Firstly, in true newspaper sensational style, the headline uses the word “fury” and indicates that the burial ground is for those who follow the Muslim faith. It does explain the burial rituals of...

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