Book Cover: Referring to Philippe Aries’ book Western Attitudes Towards Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present, Richard Plantinga writes, “Indeed, Aries argues, in the twentieth century the subject of death was suppressed and rigorously censored; in other words, death has become a virtual pornography in the West.”

He goes on to say, in a footnote, “Instructive in this regard is the great reversal in the case of children, who were once not protected from the specter of death but who were sheltered from the mysterious and powerful realm of human sexuality. Today’s children are alarmingly literate and sometimes distressingly practiced in matters pertaining to sex, but tend to be rigorously shielded from the reality of death.”

— Richard J. Plantinga, “The Integration of Music and Theology in J.S. Bach,” from Resonant Witness: Conversations Between Music and Theology, ed. Jeremy Begbie.