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Living in the Memories of God


Living in the Memories of God

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334055532
Number of Pages: 304
Published: 31/01/2017
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 22.9 cm

Winner of the Michael Ramsay Prize 2016 

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.

Here, 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 redefines dementia in light of the transformative counter story that is the gospel.

Now repackaged with a new cover. 

John Swinton

John Swinton is Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of 'Dementia: Living in the Memories of God' for which he won the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, Becoming Friends of Time (2017) and co-author with Hilary Mowat of Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, second edition (2016).

"John has written a book which is deeply challenging and brings to bear a coherent theological approach, with clinical background and understanding, to an issue that has touched many of us, and is one of the great issues of our society. He has done the church and our country a huge service.' -- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

"John Swinton has produced a masterpiece, exploring the many dimensions of dementia. Here is pastoral theology at its best – careful, sensitive, clear, searching, insight and with an integrated theology that supports good care. I warmly commend it to the widest possible readership.' -- James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College

"John Swinton has clearly become the premier pastoral theologian of our time. In this book he approaches the troubled topic of dementia with his usual thoroughness, engaging the science with an unapologetic theological voice. Dementia: Living in the Memories of God will become a classic.' -- Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School 

"In this clearly written and accessible volume, Swinton incorporates the best insights of contemporary psychological approaches to human memory and dementia care into a biblically grounded theology." -- Joanna Collicutt, Ripon College Cuddesdon 

"This is a truly monumental book, not in length but in depth and scope, with a liberating and empowering message for theologians, pastoral carers and church communities." -- Albert Jewell, Editor of Spirituality, Personhood and Dementia 


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