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Saving Paradise : How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire
by Rebecca Ann Parker


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807067543
  • ISBN-10: 0807067547
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: May 2009
  • Page Count: 552
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.85 pounds


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