Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire

Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire

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by Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Ann Parker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807067547

ISBN-13: 9780807067543

Pub. Date: 05/01/2009

Publisher: Beacon Press

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2008

During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence-as a shepherd, teacher, healer, or an enthroned god. He is serene and surrounded by lush scenes, depictions of this world as paradise. Yet once he appeared as crucified, dying was virtually all Jesus

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One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2008

During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence-as a shepherd, teacher, healer, or an enthroned god. He is serene and surrounded by lush scenes, depictions of this world as paradise. Yet once he appeared as crucified, dying was virtually all Jesus seemed able to do, and paradise disappeared from the earth. Saving Paradise turns a fascinating new lens on Christianity, from its first centuries to the present day, asking how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, and what changes in society and theology marked that evolution. It also retrieves, for today, a life-affirming Christianity that the world sorely needs.

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ISBN-13:
9780807067543
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
713,433
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents PROLOGUE....................IX PART ONE CHAPTER ONE In the Beginning ... Paradise on the Earth....................3
CHAPTER TWO In the Beginning ... God So Generously Loved....................28
CHAPTER THREE So Great a Cloud....................56
CHAPTER FOUR The Church as Paradise in This World....................84
CHAPTER FIVE The Portal to Paradise....................115
CHAPTER SIX The Beautiful Feast of Life....................141
CHAPTER SEVEN Gods Seeing God....................169
CHAPTER EIGHT Hidden Treasures of Wisdom....................203
PART TWO CHAPTER NINE The Expulsion of Paradise....................223
CHAPTER TEN Peace by the Blood of the Cross....................254
CHAPTER ELEVEN Dying for Love....................279
CHAPTER TWELVE Escape Routes....................307
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Weeping Encounters....................342
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Struggle for Paradise....................377
EPILOGUE....................411
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................421
NOTES....................425
INDEX....................517

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Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Robosnake More than 1 year ago
I got the change to hear Dr. Brock present on this book, and it is another superb work from a superb scholar. If you don't want to be challenged and learn new things, this is not the book for you. If you want to learn a lot about the first thousand years of Christianity, and possibly be moved to begin to regain some of what has been mostly lost to history, this is an excellent book. What emerges from their study of the artwork of the ancient church in particular is a view of salvation that is deeply meaningful and more compelling than what I hear most of the time from other Christians.