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Heaven: A History

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
What do Christians believe they will experience after a virtuous life? What will an eternity in the hereafter be like? In this copiously illustrated, lively book, Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang describe and interpret the ways in which believers—from biblical authors to medieval mystics, from Jesus to present-day religious thinkers—have pictured Heaven, not just in doc ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 448 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 1988)
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Nick
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
No, this is not another bowlful of treacle from Mitch Albom. Rather, it is the history of how we got to Albom (who in this instance stands in for all those who market the eternal life approach to grappling with death), of how an idea that sprouted in the Israelite kingdom more than two-and-a-half millennia ago grew large enough to seize the imagination of a large portion of the world. The discussion in the book is limited to the Judeo-Christian heritage, with sidebars on Roman antecedents. (So n ...more
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Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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автори роблять мою улюблену штуку – розповідають захопливу історію, систематичну й послідовну, як хороший роман (я не про те, що хороші романи мусять бути лінійні, а про те, що добре зроблена історія не губить сюжетних ліній, не висмоктує ситуацій з пальця і якщо вже вводить якусь деталь, то не просто так). цікаве й приємно написане дослідження.
Abigail
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. I have used it for research in my own writing and it never fails to spark off ideas. It is a book I come back to again and again.
Smarti
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sachbuecher
sehr nuetzlich!
Jessie B.
A fascinating look at how the idea of Heaven has evolved from early Christian thought to the present day and how that has reflected both society and philosophy of the time.
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