Death in the History of Redemption

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Gilbert Meilaender


To think as Christians about death we need to think of it within the history of redemption.  That is, we need to think in terms of our creatureliness and the finite limits of the time allotted us.  We need to think of death as a judgment from which Christ comes to deliver us.   And we need to think of it in light of the new creation promised by the God who raised Jesus from the dead.  Thus, rather than attempting to master death, as our culture encourages us to do, we should learn to let our understanding of it be shaped by the One who has mastered it.


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Meilaender, Gilbert. “Death in the History of Redemption”. Verba Vitae Journal 1, no. 1-2 (March 29, 2024): 17–27. Accessed June 24, 2024.
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Gilbert Meilaender

Gilbert Meilaender is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University. He has taught at the University of Virginia (1975-78), Oberlin College (1978-96), and Valparaiso University (1996-2014) where he held the Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics. He holds the M.Div. from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, 1972) and the Ph.D. from Princeton University (1976). Professor Meilaender served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-2009) and is author of many books and articles in the field of Christian ethics.


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