Saving Paradise Paperback
Recovering Christianity's Forgotten Love for This Earth
by Rebecca Ann Parker; Rita Nakashima Brock;
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Based on the groundbreaking book by Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker, ‘Saving Paradise’ asks the reader to journey to a time forgotten where Christ had a different image. For the first 10 centuries, the church depicted Christ as a shepherd, guide and healer. Not hanging on a cross, but wondering our earth.
The book explores what this shift in focus has done to our understanding and practice of faith, and raises deeply significant questions for the church today. Examining early art, church architecture and spiritual writing, you will find a very different world. A world which dreamt of the earth as Christ’s redeemed paradise.
Join this year’s keynote speaker at Greenbelt 2012 in rediscovering our lost spiritual heritage. Take off the disillusions of today’s religion and forge a personal spirituality from looking at ancient Christian tradition, biblical interpretation and cultural pondering.
Dr Rita Brock has taught at Harvard and is currently lecturing at the Graduate Theological Union, California. She is ordained and has served on her church council. Dr Rebecca Parker is President and Professor of Theology at the Starr King of Ministry at Graduate Theological Union, California.
Saving Paradise by Rebecca Ann Parker; Rita Nakashima Brock was published by Canterbury Press in July 2012 and is our 50418th best seller. The ISBN for Saving Paradise is 9781848252097.
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Saving ParadiseMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
Saving Paradise is an incredible book with 415 pages of articulate, deep, intelligent and well reasoned arguments. Obviously not a layman’s book (with 90 pages of notes at the end and a 35 page index this really is a serious academic study) it nonetheless is a readable and understandable work that many, with just a little effort, could cope with. It is an enriching and rewarding read that goes on a discovery tour that takes us deep into the rooted history of our faith, through changing times and spiritualities and divergent theological paths, touching on things, people, places and points such as Heloise and Abelard, Charlemagne and Calvin, highlighting the changes that have reworked our perception and zeitgeist from a focus that was, and was meant to be, on beauty to one that instead dwells on pain, that has moved from grace through to works and suffering and in turn has radically altered creations relationship with it’s creator.
This is not an easy read but a challenging and eye opening one that deserves a wide audience and to be talked about, because the picture it offers is one of Saving Paradise that is sorely needed.
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Details for Saving Paradise
|Page last updated||18th March 2017|
|Author / Artist||Rebecca Ann Parker; Rita Nakashima Brock|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (July 2012)|
|Number of Pages||576|