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Extract from a paper entitled 'The Roman Catholic Attitude to Cremation' by Rev. Fr. Donald W H Dorsett published in Pharos, 1962.

Extract from a paper entitled 'The Roman Catholic Attitude to Cremation', 1962.

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Your task is to discover why cremation took so long to become an acceptable practice in this country. This source might give you some ideas. Once you have read the source, try answering the questions below. You can use the worksheet to record your thoughts.

Things to consider...

(a) Make a list of all the reasons mentioned in the extract why cremation was favoured by the ancient Greeks and Romans?

(b) Make a note of why the author believes Jews opposed cremation.

(c) What do you think the people mentioned in the source believed about life or death? How does this differ from modern-day Christian belief?

(d) Does this source tell you anything about why cremation took so long to be considered acceptable? If so, what.

 

 

 

 

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