How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain it
By (author) Jeffrey Burton Russell
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Paradise Mislaid by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Book DescriptionIn this book Jeffrey Burton Russell explores the many and complex reasons for the gradual erosion of the idea of heaven in the modern era. Although the seeds of skepticism were planted in the Enlightenment, he shows, the real decline dates to the nineteenth century. This is a fascinating tale that sheds light not only on the history of Christian thought, but on the process of secularization in the West; Russell shows us the grubby soul of our materialistic and uncritically scientific society. Finally he argues that we can and should make room for paradise for the spiritual health of our culture and points the way towards metaphors of perfection and transcendence that resonate in our time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195334586
(225mm x 145mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey Burton Russell
Exposing Myths about Christianity, Paperback / softback (June 2012)
Renowned historian, Jeffrey Burton Russell, famous for his studies of medieval history, sets the record straight against the New Atheists and other cultural critics who charge Christianity with being outdated, destructive, superstitious, unenlightened, racist, colonialist, based on fabrication, and other significant false accusations.
New History of Witchcraft, Paperback (April 2007)
An illustrated history of witchcraft. It includes an analysis of the importance of the Internet and films in the dissemination of witchcraft, and the potential tensions as a movement that was originally a closed, secretive cult becomes an open, recognized public religion.
Paradise Mislaid, Hardback (May 2006)
Explores the many and complex reasons for the gradual erosion of the idea of heaven in the modern era. This work sheds light not only on the history of Christian thought, but on the process of secularization in the West. It also shows us the grubby soul of our materialistic and uncritically scientific society.
Dust, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Examining a thousand years of Western civilization - from the naturalism of medieval philosophy, to the artistry of the Renaissance, to the scientific and industrial revolutions, to the modern worlds of nanotechnology and viral diseases - this title offers a story of the genesis of the microcosm.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey Burton Russell
Jeffrey Burton Russell is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is well known for a series of books on the history of Satan and evil, as well as A History of Heaven--a book that was favorably reviewed in media as diverse as Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and Christianity Today.
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