Georgetown University Press has recently published Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, edited by alumna Lucinda Mosher (Class of 2002) and her colleague, David Marshall. The book is a record of the eleventh Building Bridges Seminar, convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in April, 2012. The essays in the volume explore what the Bible and Quran – and the Christian and Islamic theological traditions – have to say about death, resurrection, and human destiny. Special attention is given to the writings of al-Ghazali and Dante.
Other essays explore the notion of the good death. Funeral practices of each tradition are explained. Relevant texts are included with commentary, as are personal reflections on death by several of the seminar participants. An account of the informal conversations at the seminar conveys a sense of the dialogue which took place. Three short pieces by Rowan Williams provide his opening comments at the seminar, and his reflections on the proceedings.
Mosher is the faculty associate for interfaith studies at Hartford Seminary and the assistant academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar.