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A Brief History of Heaven

Alister E. McGrath

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Allgemeines, Lexika

Beschreibung

This engaging book by one of today's best-known Christian writersexplores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblicalwritings to its most recent representations. * * A short, accessible book on the history of heaven. * Draws together representations of heaven by a wide range ofwriters, theologians, politicians and artists. * Covers literary works such as Dante's Divine Comedy,Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and the poems of GeorgeHerbert. * Considers discussions by Marx and Freud of heaven's role insociety. * Based on serious scholarship but is ideal for thenon-specialist who wants to learn more about the idea ofheaven. * Alister E. McGrath is one of today's best-known Christianwriters.

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DrRowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury
'Alister McGrath invariably combines enormous scholarshipwith an accessible and engaging style. This book is no exception -a splendid survey of a centrally important subject, coveringtheology and the arts with equal grace and clarity.'
Publishing News
"Bringing together literature, theology, politics and the arts,this fascinating book traces the remarkable influence that the ideaof heaven has had - and continues to have - on western culture."
Joyce Smothers, LibraryJournal
"It is delightfully lucid and insightful...Recommended for largepublic libraries as well as academic libraries offering a varietyof Christian religious courses."
Publishers Weekly
"Though clearly a scholar, McGrath transcends the drone of theacademic dissertation, offering an accessible and thoroughnarrative. Using the rich visual imagery of heaven, McGrath hascreated a fascinating kaleidoscope for viewing the evolution ofChristian worship."
The SaturdayAge
"Pick of the week...It's an ambitious, immensely accessible,erudite and entertaining exploration of the way the idea of heavenhas been constructed over the centuries."
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Bibelstudien, Religion u. Theologie, Religion & Theology, Biblical Studies