Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven

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Sweet & Blessed Country is a theology of Heaven, as understood in the Roman Catholic tradition, based upon a painting of Heaven. John Saward takes an altarpiece from fifteenth-century Provence as his starting-point. The altarpiece, Enguerrand Quarton's Coronation of the Virgin, was painted for a Carthusian monastery, and so it is monastic theologians, and principally Denys the Carthusian, who guide Saward in his exploration of that 'sweet and blessed country' in which the angels and saints contemplate the ...
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Overview

Sweet & Blessed Country is a theology of Heaven, as understood in the Roman Catholic tradition, based upon a painting of Heaven. John Saward takes an altarpiece from fifteenth-century Provence as his starting-point. The altarpiece, Enguerrand Quarton's Coronation of the Virgin, was painted for a Carthusian monastery, and so it is monastic theologians, and principally Denys the Carthusian, who guide Saward in his exploration of that 'sweet and blessed country' in which the angels and saints contemplate the face of God. He shows how the image expresses in colour and figure what the great monastic theologians, both medieval and modern, presented in concepts and words. Here is a book that will enlighten and encourage everyone who has a hope for Heaven.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199543663
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Saward is a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, and member of the Theology Faculty, University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1 The blissful sight of the trinity 15
2 Opening heaven's gates : the cross, the empty tomb, and the altars of the church 56
3 Heaven lost and heaven longed for 94
4 Ave Regina Caelorum : heaven's sweet queen 125
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