Life and Death

Today many Danes seek out the church at the beginning and end of life, even if they do not have a close relationship to Christianity. It is therefore at Christenings and funerals that most people in Denmark encounter the Lutheran understanding of life and death. The same words about the grace of God and new birth into a living hope are spoken during both ceremonies.

Whilst today our relationship to death is one of distance and repression, during Luther’s time death was a visible part of life with serious religious significance. Given this context, it is striking how much the Reformation focuses on daily life and the ‘hourly’ joys of life on earth.