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The concept of heaven has had an enormous impact on popular culture in the west, both religious and secular. So where does the idea come from? How did it develop? And how has it shaped western culture?
This engaging and highly accessible book by one of today's best-known Christian writers explores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings right up to the modern day. Bringing together literature, theology, politics, and the arts, this fascinating book traces the remarkable influence that the idea of heaven has had - and continues to have - on western culture.
"Bringing together literature, theology, politics and the arts, this fascinating book traces the remarkable influence that the idea of heaven has had - and continues to have - on western culture." Publishing News
"It is delightfully lucid and insightful...Recommended for large public libraries as well as academic libraries offering a variety of Christian religious courses." Joyce Smothers, Library Journal
"Though clearly a scholar, McGrath transcends the drone of the academic dissertation, offering an accessible and thorough narrative. Using the rich visual imagery of heaven, McGrath has created a fascinating kaleidoscope for viewing the evolution of Christian worship." Publishers Weekly
"Pick of the week...It's an ambitious, immensely accessible, erudite and entertaining exploration of the way the idea of heaven has been constructed over the centuries." The Saturday Age
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|1||The City: The New Jerusalem||1|
|2||The Garden: Heaven as Paradise||39|
|3||Opening the Gates of Heaven: Atonement and Paradise||75|
|4||The Signposting of Heaven: Signals of Transcendence||111|
|5||The Consolation of Heaven||137|
|6||Journey's End: Heaven as the Goal of the Christian Life||161|