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Heaven by Colleen McDannell

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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. Praise for the earlier edition: "[A] fascinating new study...It is a rich and provocative subject and the authors use it as a springboard from which to examine shifting attitudes toward man and God, within the Judeo-Christian tradition."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "The next best thing to going."--Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer "Heaven: A History offers a whistlestop tour, thoroughly researched and engagingly written, of the extraordinary things Christians and others have believed about life after death...A compendium of fascinating finds from the past. "--John Barton, London Review of Books "A fascinating survey of Western culture and a delightful tour of the histories of art, literature and theology."--Christian Century "Heaven: A History provides a rich opportunity for theological reflection. This book can help in constructing a language for the hereafter that will encourage the best hopes of the living and, heaven knows, perhaps guide the reader to a vision of eternal bliss."--St. Anthony Messenger

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300091076
ISBN-10: 0300091079
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 127mm x 32mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Catholics in the Movies by Colleen McDannell Catholics in the Movies, Paperback (January 2008)

At the movies, catholicism is the American religion. Eleven prominent scholars explore how catholic characteres, spaces and rituals are represented in film. With chapters on movies ranging from Going My Way to Dogma, contributors provide close readings that illuminate critical themes and images as they set the films their historical context.

Religions of the United States in Practice by Colleen McDannell Religions of the United States in Practice, Paperback (November 2001)

An anthology of sources with accompanying essays that examines religious behavior in America, this work explores faith through action from Colonial times through the 19th-century. It offers a sampling of religious perspectives in order to approximate the living texture of popular religious thought and practice in the United States.

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Author Biography - Colleen McDannell

Colleen McDannell is Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of History at the University of Utah. She is also the author of Material Christianity. Bernhard Lang is professor of religion at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and the author of Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship. Both of these books are published by Yale University Press.

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