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Demenz als Metapher oder vom Glück und Elend des Vergessens. Eine religionsgerontologische Deutung


Kunz, Ralph (2014). Demenz als Metapher oder vom Glück und Elend des Vergessens. Eine religionsgerontologische Deutung. Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche, 111(4):437-453.

Abstract

Dementia is a social disease. Many are affected. Dementia has also become a metaphor. The forgetting-disease stands for the suffering and lost independence of the aging. Above all, however, it means that those who are affected are unable to tell the end of their own stories. A practical theology that is sensitive to dementia seeks sound possibilities to address these fractured life stories. Such a theology draws attention to the memorial community – the church – and to the fact that forgetting can be reinterpreted in the horizon of remembering God. In light of this interpretation, the illness is not terrifying, but also an allegory and a memorial for the humanness in the torso of fragmentary existence.

Abstract

Dementia is a social disease. Many are affected. Dementia has also become a metaphor. The forgetting-disease stands for the suffering and lost independence of the aging. Above all, however, it means that those who are affected are unable to tell the end of their own stories. A practical theology that is sensitive to dementia seeks sound possibilities to address these fractured life stories. Such a theology draws attention to the memorial community – the church – and to the fact that forgetting can be reinterpreted in the horizon of remembering God. In light of this interpretation, the illness is not terrifying, but also an allegory and a memorial for the humanness in the torso of fragmentary existence.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Language:German
Date:2014
Deposited On:09 Jan 2015 07:04
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:47
Publisher:Mohr Siebeck
ISSN:0044-3549
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1628/004435414X14135326006031
Related URLs:http://www.mohr.de/zeitschriften/theologie/zeitschrift-fuer-theologie-und-kirche-zthk/zeitschrift.html

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