By Alister E. McGrath
Эта книга одного из самых известных современных христианских авторов исследует историю небес, от их происхождения в библейских письменах к самым новым представлениям о них.
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Perhaps the most inﬂuential answer to this question was offered by 36 The City: The New Jerusalem the famous American evangelist Billy Graham, who wrote thus in a nationally syndicated newspaper column: The aspect of cremation that worries some Christians is the thought of the total annihilation of the body. We need to get our thinking in a right perspective here. The body is annihilated just as completely in the grave as it is in cremation. The graves of our ancestors are no longer in existence, and soil in which they were buried has long since been removed elsewhere.
The story of Tondal rapidly became one of the most popular in a long tradition of visionary and moralizing literature. As a result of his experiences, Tondal is spiritually transformed and vows to lead a more pious life. The foretaste of the joys of paradise and the pains of hell are enough to persuade him to amend his life so that he may enjoy the former and evade the latter. Pearl and the New Jerusalem One of the ﬁnest accounts of the New Jerusalem in English literature is found in the fourteenth-century work generally known as Pearl.
339–97), for example, drew upon the ideas of the Jewish Platonist writer Philo of Alexandria in offering an allegorical reading of the story of paradise. The Garden of Eden is now understood to be a “delightful well-tilled land in which the soul ﬁnds pleasure” – in other words, a Platonic world of ideas and values, rather than a physical or geographical entity. To speak of paradise “planted with trees” is a picturesque manner of referring to the human soul with its various virtues. Adam represents the virtues of reason, and Eve the human senses, which are easily led astray by the pursuit of pleasure.
A Brief History of Heaven by Alister E. McGrath