A theology of ageing

In the last century, life expectancy has nearly doubled, at least for people in industrialised countries, which has been made possible by breakthroughs in natural sciences and the expansion of the market economy.
An increasing number of people can be counted among the older population, and there is now not only a third age, but also a fourth age which requires us to adjust to ageing in a way unknown to our forebears. There is the ‘young old’ (65–74), the old’ (75–85) and the ‘very old’ (85+). Elders today are truly pioneers — exploring for us all what it might mean to age in this way.
This leads to the presumption that since science and economics have brought us so any benefits, including this extension of life, they should also provide the terms in which to understand life, especially what counts as a good life.
We need another way of understanding ageing so as to be able to age well without pretending to be something we are not and  without ignoring the real difficulties and pain that ageing often brings.

A theology of ageing offers another approach.

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