The Denial of Death: Foundations for an Integration of Psychological and Theological Views of Personality

Volume
Volume 8
Issue
Spring 1980
Title
The Denial of Death: Foundations for an Integration of Psychological and Theological Views of Personality
Abstract

The thesis of this article is that Ernest Becker'€™s book, The Denial of Death, presents viable propositions for an integration of psychological and theological views of personality. The key integrative bases for this work are (a) that the core tendency of personality is to minimize the fear of death while minimizing the fear of life, and (b) that this tendency is supported both by Christian theology and the nature of religious quest. Both psychological and spiritual resources for minimizing the fears of life and death are delineated. A brief model of personality, psychological growth, and holistic maturity is presented in order to resolve tensions between religious and psychological conceptions of growth and maturity.

Author
G.W. Hartz
Pages
53 - 63
Price
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