The problem of death anxiety in relation to Christianity
Leslie, James Stewart
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Two problems are dealt with in this dissertation. The first is that of understanding the meaning of death anxiety, discovering its causes, and determining the means whereby it can be relieved. The second problem is to discover the relationship of death anxiety to Christianity by exploring the Christian theory of death, and by seeking to discover whether Christianity can make a distinct contribution to dealing successfully with anxiety about death. The dissertation premises a belief in immortality and does not seek to prove or disprove it. Death anxiety is a universal concern which is repressed into the unconscious, being too threatening to be dealt with by the conscious mind. Its possible emergence into one's consciousness is deterred by a complicated system of customs and emotions shielding the individual from the menacing thoughts of his eventual fate. [Truncated]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.
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