A Brief History of Heaven by Alister E. McGrath

By Alister E. McGrath

This enticing booklet via certainly one of latest best-known Christian writers explores the historical past of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings to its most up-to-date representations.

  • A brief, available e-book at the heritage of heaven.
  • Draws jointly representations of heaven by way of quite a lot of writers, theologians, politicians and artists.
  • Covers literary works reminiscent of Dante's Divine Comedy, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and the poems of George Herbert.
  • Considers discussions by means of Marx and Freud of heaven's position in society.
  • Based on severe scholarship yet is perfect for the non-specialist who desires to study extra concerning the suggestion of heaven.
  • Alister E. McGrath is considered one of modern-day best-known Christian writers.

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There had long been a degree of consensus that the most promising site for Eden was the ancient region of Sumer, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of the present head of the Persian Gulf. In a fascinating piece of historical research, Dr. Juris Zarins argued that Eden – like Atlantis – was lost beneath the waters of the sea. The waters of the Persian Gulf had risen since biblical times, submerging this earthly paradise. Part of Zarins’ argument involved the identification of the Pison with the Wadi Riniah and Wadi Batin – the modern Saudi names for a dry river bed in which water no longer flows.

Just as those who have been cleansed by the redeeming death of Christ are spotless, so heaven takes the form of a “spotless” New Jerusalem, without the flaws and sins of earthly cities, including Jerusalem itself. ” The dreamer asks to be allowed to see Pearl’s new home. She gently chides him; only those who have been made perfect can enter the New Jerusalem. At best, he can see it from a distance. ” The fair one said, “That God will forbid; you may not enter his stronghold, but I have permission from the Lamb as a special favour for a glimpse of it.

So how may you get past him? Have “your feet shod with the 50 The Garden: Heaven as Paradise gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15) so that even if the serpent should sting, he may not hurt you. Have an abiding faith within you, a steadfast hope, a strong sandal, that you may pass by the enemy, and enter into the presence of your Lord. Not all early Christian writers adopted such a literal understanding of paradise. 339–97), for example, drew upon the ideas of the Jewish Platonist writer Philo of Alexandria in offering an allegorical reading of the story of paradise.

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