Saving Paradise

Saving Paradise

How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire

Book - 2008
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A book that restores the idea of Paradise to its rightful place at the center of Christian thoughtWhen Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker began traveling the Mediterranean world in search of art depicting the dead, crucified Jesus, they discovered something that traditional histories of Christianity and Christian art had underplayed or sought to explain away: it took Jesus Christ a thousand years to die.During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence in a vibrant world. He appears as a shepherd, a teacher, a healer, an enthroned god; he is an infant, a youth, and a bearded elder. But he is never dead. When he appears with the cross, he stands in front of it, serene, resurrected. The world around him is ablaze with beauty. These are images of paradise-paradise as this world, permeated and blessed by the presence of God.But once he perished, dying was virtually all Jesus seemed able to do.Saving Paradise offers a fascinating new lens on the history of 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.
Published: Boston : Beacon Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780807067505
Branch Call Number: 230.09 BRO
Characteristics: xxii, 552 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Parker, Rebecca Ann


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