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Heaven in the American Imagination

Gary Scott Smith


From the 1620s to the present, Americans have displayed a keen interest in life after death. The sermons and books of seventeenth‐century Puritans, eighteenth‐century theologian Jonathan Edwards, nineteenth‐century revivalist Dwight L. Moody, twentieth‐century evangelist Billy Graham, the recent novels of Mitch Albom and Alice Sebold, and hundreds of other accounts have provided competing conceptions of heaven and of how people can get there. While evangelicals have analyzed these topics the most, mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, spiritualists, New Agers, and numerous others hav ... More

Keywords: heaven, evangelicals, afterlife, hell, near‐death experiences, salvation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738953.001.0001


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Gary Scott Smith, author
Grove City College
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