Saving Paradise

How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire
Product Number: EB00185247
Released: Jan 17, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780807097632
Publisher: Beacon Press
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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.

Genre: Religion, History
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2008

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