The second aspect of death and dying that I find interesting is the social construction of religion and our notions about God. Karen Armstrong explores how different religions' ideas (and even atheists' ideas) about God have changed and evolved. Armstrong has helped give me perspective about the social construction of religion and she has helped me sift through what I find meaningful and what I find shallow about religion. Similar to Nigel's book, Armstrong makes the case that much of what I find difficult to understand about religion is more of a modern creation and a product of individualism and the humanism of the post-Renaissance. Click here for a review of Armstrong's book in the NY Times.
Lastly, The Evolution of God by Robert Wright helps to reconcile the idea of science and religion. Wright provides ways of making sense of both.