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Heaven: A History, Second edition [Paperback]

By Colleen McDannell (Author) & Bernhard Lang (Author)
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Item description for Heaven: A History, Second edition by Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang...

Including a substantial new Preface on changing views of life after death in the new century, this copiously illustrated book describes the ways in which believers--from biblical authors to present-day religious thinkers--have pictured Heaven, not just in doctrine but also in poetry, art, literature, and popular culture.

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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 doctrine but also in poetry, art, literature, and popular culture. In so doing, they shed new light on both the private and public dimensions of western culture. This second edition includes a substantial new preface relating the book to changing views of life after death in the new century.

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Heaven: A History, Second edition by Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 82
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2001 page 102
  • Christianity Today - 06/01/2003 page 38

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Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.1" Width: 7.6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 11, 2001
Publisher   Yale University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0300091079  
ISBN13  9780300091076  

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More About Colleen McDannell & Bernhard Lang

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COLLEEN MCDANNELL is Associate Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurrin Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Utah and co-author (with Bernhard Lang) of Heaven: A History.

Colleen McDannell currently resides in the state of Utah.

Colleen McDannell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Princeton Readings in Religions (Paperback)
  2. Religion in North America

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Eschatology
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Reviews - What do customers think about Heaven: A History, Second edition?

Your pick of post-mortal destinations.  Oct 4, 2000
"Heaven: A History" is an excellent account of the varied & always-changing beliefs of Christian afterlife. Written in a clear language with fine scholarhip by scholars.

Essentially chronological, Chapter One is titled "The Dawn of Heaven" & discusses Semite & Hellenistic Jewish beliefs as they existed at the time of Jesus. The final Chapter 10, "Heaven in Modern Christianity." looks at fundamentalist, Mormon, Catholic, liberal, existentialist & mainstream conceptions. The book ends with a short, thoughtful essay of summation & 40 pages of fine print notes.

Other chapters are: Jesus & the Christian Promise; Irenaeus & Augustine on our Heavenly Bodies; Medieval Promises; The Pleasures of Renaissance Paradise; God at the Center: Protestant & Catholic Reformers; Swedenborg & the Emergence of Modern Heaven; Love in the Heavenly Realm; Eternal Motion: Progress in the Other World.

Especially intriguing is how our concepts of heaven reflect our ideals & hopes in Earthly life. Christian Heaven is hardly static. It has something for everyone, from estatic, egoless communion with the Divine Spirit, to endless angelic songs of praise, to the middle class family unit in a perfected state. & yes, Grandpa sitting on a cloud watching over us.

Some denominations make claims as to the definitive knowledge of our post-mortal destination. Others leave it up to the believers. The point is, dying is the most intimate experience we will ever know, so we seek reassurance where & how we can, with scripture, faith, reason & tradition; from the Bible, from Dante's poetry, from Paul Tillich's theology; from Jack Chick's cartoons. Indeed, here is one House with many mansions.

The writing in this book is easily 5 stars. Knocked down to 4 for lack of a good bibliography or color illustration. The black & whites are excellent choices.


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