deathbed conversion


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deathbed conversion

The adoption of a particular religion when one's death is near. A: "I didn't know Rita was Catholic." B: "She wasn't, not until her deathbed conversion." I see a lot of deathbed conversions when I work in the hospital—people seem to need religion especially as they near the end of their lives.
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References in classic literature ?
She spread an amazing array of ham and chicken sandwiches, crab salad, hard-boiled eggs, pickled pigs' feet, ripe olives and dill pickles, Swiss cheese, salted almonds, oranges and bananas, and several pint bottles of beer.
Anna and Yulka showed me three small barrels; one full of dill pickles, one full of chopped pickles, and one full of pickled watermelon rinds.
He reportedly said: "Did you hear about Ian Paisley's deathbed conversion to Catholicism?
But this is a deathbed conversion and admittance of failure.
These remarks about deathbed conversion are ironic.
In the opening poem, "Traveling to Oklahoma for My Grandmother's Funeral, I Write a Poem about Wallace Stevens," Rader writes about "the priest attending to Stevens" who swore "he made a deathbed conversion // To Catholicism, a claim his daughter denies.
Even the morally upright Jimmy Carter undergoes something of a (political) deathbed conversion following the invasion of Afghanistan, a change of heart that the authors suggest was motivated by the quest for "personal and partisan credibility among voters" (p.
Surely the corrected version of the Huxley-Wilberforce "debate" and Jim Moore's deconstruction of Darwin's legendary deathbed conversion have sunk in by now?
Also in the news this week was Labour's plan for a referendum on proportional representation, a deathbed conversion that has something of the air of tragi-comic farce about it.
Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "This is a deathbed conversion from a party facing defeat.
GORDON BROWN''S deathbed conversion to voting reform for the Commons is too little, too late, a would-be Liverpool MP warned.
Castro's apparent deathbed conversion to a religion with no Cuban adherents is the seal on this gruesome pact.
It's all a bit reminiscent of what was quite literally the deathbed conversion of Karl Rove's mentor and W.
Is Gabo perhaps hinting that a deathbed conversion to carnality is the Last Best Rite ?