Heaven: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (Text Only)

Heaven: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (Text Only)

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by Peter Stanford
     
 

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A stimulating inquiry into one of the great religious mysteries – and what theologians, artists, writers, psychologists, priests, historians and people from all religions and walks of life have thought of heaven, where many of us still hope to go one day.The author writes: ‘While images of hell are firmly fixed in the human psyche, no parallel standard

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A stimulating inquiry into one of the great religious mysteries – and what theologians, artists, writers, psychologists, priests, historians and people from all religions and walks of life have thought of heaven, where many of us still hope to go one day.The author writes: ‘While images of hell are firmly fixed in the human psyche, no parallel standard vision exists for heaven either within the Christian Church or more widely in the world’s various religious traditions…it has somehow been judged indecent or presumptuous to contemplate the better end of the post-mortem destination market. This book will break that taboo.’Heaven’s mysteriousness has leant it a discreet but powerful allure. There are two basic views: first, the afterlife will involve a vaguely defined spiritual peace – eternal solitude with God alone; the second allows for some overlap between heaven and earth, and hence relationships outside the central bond with God. Or is heaven religion’s biggest con-trick but one that is impossible to debunk?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007439652
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
795 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Stanford’s previous books include biographies of Lord Longford, Cardinal Basil Hume and the Devil. He has written an investigation of the Pope Joan legend and a polemical book, ‘Catholics and Sex’, which accompanied a Channel 4 television series. He contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph and the New Statesman. A regular broadcaster, he is also chairman of the national disability charity ASPIRE.

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Heaven: A Traveller?s Guide to the Undiscovered Country (Text Only) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good readable overview of western man' beliefs about the afterlife.