Heaven: A History / Edition 2

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What do Christians believe they will experience after a virtuous life? What will an eternity in the hereafter be like? In this copiously illustrated, lively book, Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang describe and interpret the ways in which believers—from biblical authors to medieval mystics, from Jesus to present-day religious thinkers—have pictured Heaven, not just in doctrine but also in poetry, art, literature, and popular culture. In so doing, they shed new light on both the private and public dimensions of western culture. This second edition includes a substantial new preface relating the book to changing views of life after death in the new century.

Author Biography: Colleen McDannell is Sterling McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies and associate professor of history at the University of Utah. She is also the author of Material Christianity. Bernhard Lang is professor of religion at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and the author of Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship. Both of these books are published by Yale University Press.

Combs through sources from the New Testament to modern day fundamentalists to examine the idea of paradise.

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Editorial Reviews

Carlin Romano
The next best thing to going. —Philadelphia Inquirer
Christian Century
A fascinating survey of Western culture and a delightful tour of the histories of art, literature and theology.
John Barton
A whistlestop tour . . . of the extraordinary things Christians and others have believed about life after death.
Michiko Kakutani
[A] fascinating new study. . . . rich and provocative. —New York Times
Library Journal
This volume offers a history of interpretations of heaven from a religious standpoint and from the worlds of art, literature, pop culture, and more, with illustrations. This second edition of the 1988 original offers a new preface that updates the study. For all religion collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Describes and interprets the ways in which believers, from biblical authors to present-day religious thinkers, have understood everlasting life. Extensive notes, but no coherent bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300091076
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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