A Brief History of Heaven

A Brief History of Heaven

Author(s): Alister E. McGrath

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631233534

Online ISBN: 9780470690192

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690192

About this Book

This engaging book by one of today's best-known Christian writers explores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings to its most recent representations.


  • A short, accessible book on the history of heaven.
  • Draws together representations of heaven by a wide range of writers, theologians, politicians and artists.
  • Covers literary works such as Dante's Divine Comedy, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and the poems of George Herbert.
  • Considers discussions by Marx and Freud of heaven's role in society.
  • Based on serious scholarship but is ideal for the non-specialist who wants to learn more about the idea of heaven.
  • Alister E. McGrath is one of today's best-known Christian writers.

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