By Jeffrey Burton Russell
The Christian suggestion of heaven flourished for nearly millennia, however it has misplaced a lot of its strength within the final hundred years. certainly this day even theologians are likely to keep away from the subject. yet heaven has consistently been a relevant guiding principle of the Christian religion, writes Jeffrey Burton Russell. If there's no heaven, no resurrection of the useless, the whole Christian tale is not sensible. during this stimulating publication, Russell units out to rehabilitate heaven by way of forcefully attacking a sequence of principles that experience made trust in heaven, let alone trust in God, more and more tough for contemporary humans. Russell presents based and persuasive refutations of arguments starting from the concept technological know-how has disproved the life of the supernatural, to the inspiration that biblical feedback has emptied the scripture of that means. alongside the way in which, as Russell appears to be like on the rules of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, Mark Twain and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Marx and Freud, and a bunch of others, he sheds mild not just at the historical past of Christian inspiration, yet at the means of secularization within the West. one after the other, Russell refutes those anti-religious ideologies, pinpointing the deficiencies in their reasoning. in the course of the ebook, Russell invitations the reader, no matter what his or her ideals, to take the concept that of heaven heavily either as a worldview in itself and as one with huge, immense impression at the international. it's a ebook that might be welcomed via considering Christians, who usually suppose beleaguered via the forces of modernity and infrequently locate it demanding to protect their very own ideals.