THFS 257. Spirituality and Aging

This course examines how spirituality, religiosity and faith are vital aspects to the lives of many elderly in America. Key questions are: how is “spirituality” differentiated from “faith” or “religiosity”? How is aging to be understood in respect to religious traditions? Is aging itself a spiritual/religious process? Can there be non-religious as well as religious forms of spirituality? How is gender related to aging and spirituality? Are there “natural” limits to human life from a religious/spiritual perspective, and if so what do they say to medical-technological drives to extend human life indefinitely? How does the allocation of medical resources to the care of the elderly raise questions of social justice with the Catholic tradition and more widely? How do views of an afterlife affect care for and communication with the elderly?
Offered: Spring
Credits: 3