Heaven: A Guide to the Undiscovered Country

Heaven: A Guide to the Undiscovered Country

by Peter Stanford
     
 

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.See more details below

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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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Library Journal - Library Journal
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:
02/01/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.23(d)

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