Cody J. Sanders, associate professor of congregational and community care leadership, and Mikeal C. Parsons are the authors of “Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead,” published by Fortress Press in January 2023.
“What is the revelatory potential of the corpse? Sanders and Parsons boldly confront us with the neglected question of an incarnational theology, and they address it with deep pastoral wisdom and critical historical awareness,” writes Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. “Ironically, while Jews and Muslims find ready answers to that question in their own traditions, most Christians have forgotten even how to ask. This book belongs on the teaching agenda for every church.”
By crafting robust, constructive, practical ethics for tending the dead, Sanders and Parsons demonstrate that reflecting on the fact of embodiment is a practical, ethical, and theological necessity.