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Old Age
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I. Religious Studies – II. Ethics – III. Practical Theology

I. Religious Studies

Secular society distinguishes different periods in a person’s personal and professional life; religions do much the same. Awareness of people’s age gives a sense of their capabilities and standing.

Childhood and adulthood are lengthy periods in a person’s life. Two transitional stages (Rites of passage) are usually much shorter: they serve to prepare young people for adulthood and…

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Greschat, Hans-Jürgen, Eibach, Ulrich and Failing, Wolf-Eckart, “Old Age”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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