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.
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.
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.