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Paradise MislaidHow We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It$
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Jeffrey Burton Russell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334586.001.0001

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Paradise Mislaid
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Jeffrey Burton Russell

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334586.003.0008

Heaven, despite centuries of attack and ridicule, survives and flourishes in the early twenty-first century, because its deep conceptual meaning remains true. Heaven is the ceaseless, dynamic, restful, harmonious opening-up to God and his cosmos in love, gratitude, and generosity. The concept of heaven has changed over time in the images associated with it. With all the metaphors, the core meaning remains the same: open-hearted loving embrace with God, the cosmos, other creatures, and other people. This book has addressed some of the reasons and conditions that have shuttered-up the consciousness of heaven in the minds of many moderns. It has explored the Christian tradition of heaven and the arguments against it, finding those arguments radically insufficient. The arguments are also radically insufficient against any traditional view of heaven, whether Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, among many others.

Keywords:   Christian heaven, God, Christ, Christianity

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