Heaven: A Guide to the Undiscovered Country

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Heaven: From Elysian fields to black eyed virgins and pearly gates, people have different images of what waits for us in the great beyond. We fear death but long for the just rewards. We create popular images of Heaven and imagine the possibilities. From Monty Python's The Meaning of Life to Bergman's The Seventh Seal, from the Aeneid to C.S. Lewis, religion provides succor - but not all religions have the same concept of Heaven. Down the ages it has been mapped out as the ultimate travel destination and has been...
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Heaven: From Elysian fields to black eyed virgins and pearly gates, people have different images of what waits for us in the great beyond. We fear death but long for the just rewards. We create popular images of Heaven and imagine the possibilities. From Monty Python's The Meaning of Life to Bergman's The Seventh Seal, from the Aeneid to C.S. Lewis, religion provides succor - but not all religions have the same concept of Heaven. Down the ages it has been mapped out as the ultimate travel destination and has been sold as a paradise garden, a rural Arcadia and a city of incomparable grandeur.

Prompted by his own experience of bereavement, Peter Stanford sets out on a personal journey towards the place people call Heaven. In the company of scientists, philosophers, bishops, artists, writers and atheists, Stanford explores the promise of a reality of which we all have an image.
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How close can we get to Heaven, or life after death? Is the contemplation of the concept the closest we can hope to obtain? This book by British journalist Stanford (The Legend of Pope Joan) is an engrossing personal journey through history, science, religion, psychology, and popular culture to obtain a glimpse of Heaven. Contemplating his own life and mortality in order to feel more alive after his mother's death, Stanford examines the ideals expressed in the myriad conceptions of Heaven (from nothingness to gardens above the clouds) and the existence of an afterlife (from spirit beings to reincarnation). Raised within the Roman Catholic tradition, the author opens his mind to see beyond the basic tenets of Christianity, preparing a travel book that captures highlights from apocryphal writings through visionary ecstasies. Included are concepts of shadow worlds, the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of body and soul, and reincarnation, which have given merit to our existence. More personal than Alister E. McGrath's A Brief History of Heaven, this is recommended for popular collections.-Leo Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781403963604
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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Peter Stanford is a writer and broadcaster. His books include The Devil: A Biography, The She-Pope and Catholics and Sex. He lives in London.
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Table of Contents

Dust to Dust
Come Back and Finish What You Started
But Not Life as We Know it
The Compensation Culture
Fly Me to the Moon
Safe in My Garden
Space Oddity
Star-Man
Tomorrow's World
If Paradise Was Half as Nice
A Delectable Death
Reach for the Sky
The Borderlands
I Hear You Knocking
Speaking Words of Wisdom?
Man is What He Eats
The Sound of Silence
Through the Keyhole
An Indian Summer
A Village in Heaven
But I've Never Been to Me
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