- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: WestBowPress (March 27 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490872094
- ISBN-13: 978-1490872094
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 413 g
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Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation Paperback – Mar 27 2015
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About the Author
Alvin J. Schmidt is an internationally known author. Two of his books are in foreign languages, one in seven languages; two received national awards. As emeritus professor of sociology at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, he holds BA, MDiv, MA, and PhD degrees and is a fellow in the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
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The biblical, historical and cultural reasons for inhumation are presented against cremation, embalmment and new developing practices as well.
What is developed most compelling here is that from the earliest NT times, Christians had been opposed to the pagan practice of cremation until the late 19th century and even then it did not catch momentum until the 1960's. From this time on clergy and denominations have not looked into this area has they should to be able to inform the church of their past. This book by Schmidt fills the gap well with 25 Facts Not Told About Cremation and 13 Facts Not Told About Emballmment.
This book will be controversial at the outset, but my prediction is it will eventually be seen as the one who turned the tide for Christians to consider practicing he burial rites that come from Jesus and the creedal confession of "the resurrection of the body." Fine work to be read and given as gifts.
For the Non-Christian this may be inconsequential to their thinking. However, for the Christian the cremation process as described should be reason enough to reject voluntarily submitting the body one is gifted with to the dehumanizing process of cremation. Though dead, the body is not to be disposed of like a piece of refuse though incineration and a grist mill like process. The body of the deceased should be laid to rest in a burial that honors the Creator and the life to come.