When Forrest Church announced to his congregation that his esophageal cancer was terminal and that he had months, not years, to live, he promised that he would write one last book. Love and Death serves as his last will and testament, containing many of his thoughts and stories about life and death, along with some of his sermons from the past. As the longtime pastor of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, he holds theological perspectives that Christian Century readers might want to argue with: he’s sure that Jesus wasn’t resurrected from the dead, and he’s agnostic about an afterlife. Still, he is certain of the love of Christ that endures beyond our own lives, and he criticizes fundamentalisms of both the right and the left. This book rewards the reader with many wise and quotable thoughts.


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