A Brief History of Heaven (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

A Brief History of Heaven (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

By: Alister E. McGrath (author)Hardback

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This engaging book by one of todaya s best--known Christian writers explores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings to its most recent representations. * A short, accessible book on the history of heaven. * Draws together representations of heaven by a wide range of writers, theologians, politicians and artists. * Covers literary works such as Dantea s Divine Comedy, Bunyana s Pilgrima s Progress, and the poems of George Herbert. * Considers discussions by Marx and Freud of heavena s role in society. * Based on serious scholarship but is ideal for the non--specialist who wants to learn more about the idea of heaven. * Alister E. McGrath is one of todaya s best--known Christian writers.

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About Author

Alister E. McGrath isProfessor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is the author of numerous best--selling books, including The Future of Christianity, Christian Theology: An Introduction, 3rd edition, and In The Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible.

Contents

List of Illustrations. Preface. 1. The City: The New Jerusalem. 2. The Garden: Heaven as Paradise. 3. Opening the Gates of Heaven: Atonement and Paradise. 4. Signposting of Heaven: Signals of Transcendence. 5. The Consolation of Heaven. 6. Journeya s End: Heaven as the Goal of the Christian Life. Works Consulted. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/01/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780631233534
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780631233534
  • weight: 384
  • ISBN10: 0631233539

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