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Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It

Jeffrey Burton Russell


The Christian concept of heaven flourished for almost two millennia, but it has lost much of its power in the last 100 years. Indeed today, even theologians tend to avoid the topic. This book sets out to rehabilitate heaven by attacking a series of ideas that have made belief in heaven, not to mention belief in God, increasingly difficult for modern people. The author provides refutations of arguments ranging from the idea that science has disproved the existence of the supernatural, to the notion that biblical criticism has emptied the scripture of meaning. Along the way, as the author looks ... More

Keywords: heaven, God, supernatural, biblical criticism, scripture, Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, Mark Twain, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Marx

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195334586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Burton Russell, author
University of California, Santa Barbara