Religion: Buried or Cremated?

The dead sometimes get in the way. The editors of the Paris weekly Le Figaro Littéraire recently called attention to the large area of French land occupied by cemeteries. The British, said the magazine, often use cremation as an alternative to cemeteries, but the Roman Catholic Church, which has a good bit to say about French burial practices, is steadfastly opposed to it.* Then the weekly asked some distinguished French intellectuals: 1) Should the church permit cremation? 2) Would you rather be cremated or buried?

Only one man, Author Jean Schlumberger, came out in...

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