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''The portrayal of heaven and hell is one of the great literary themes of Western literature, and is a subject that should be of high-priority interest to every Christian. . . . Markos writes with his usual insightfulness, and he again does what he does best--serves as an engaging travel guide through this chosen body of literature.''
--Leland Ryken, Wheaton College

''We have been given a rich theological, philosophical, and literary overview of the themes of heaven, hell, and the permanent things so often neglected in literary studies. We gladly salute Louis Markos on this marvelous contribution and trust it will receive the wide readership it deserves.''
--David S. Dockery, Union University

''Lou Markos has pulled off quite an accomplishment. He has managed to meaningfully explore the perennial (and perennially challenging!) issue of heaven and hell. . . . For readers looking for a contemporary Virgil to guide them through these classic texts--as they touch on an important issue--look no further. Take up and read.''
--Brad Green, Union University

''Lou Markos is not only an engaging speaker and a vital educator, but he is also an insightful thinker and writer. Heaven and Hell is an important book on a topic that has been much discussed in Christian circles in the last five years. Markos does the important task of defending orthodoxy with wit and without rancor.''
--J. M. N. Reynolds, Houston Baptist University --Wipf and Stock Publishers

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Louis Markos (Loumarkos.com), Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. He is the author of From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics.
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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Cascade Books (May 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620327503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620327500
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Markos (www.Loumarkos.com) holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film. Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance for HBU's Honors College. He is the author of eleven published books and two lecture series with the Teaching Company/Great Courses (The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author). He has published over 120 articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar's Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris, Euripides' Helen, and Sophocles' Electra performed off-Broadway. He is a popular speaker in Houston, and has spoken on such topics as C. S. Lewis, apologetics, education, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in two dozen states and in British Columbia, Canada, Oxford, England, and Rome. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Stacey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on August 26, 2013
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This book is even better written than I expected. I could not put it down. Very interesting! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants information on Heaven and Hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip M Wood on February 12, 2014
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An excellent, thorough and complete, synopsis, Cliff-notes, if you will, of the classical literary antecedents of the Christian Era assessment and interpretations of Heaven and Hell. Should be read before Reading Randy Alcorn's Heaven, which also gets 5 stars. Phillip Wood, Eastern So. Cal..
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By Maria Illich on August 1, 2014
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Illuminating! Louis Markos aptly guides the reader through hell and heaven by presenting the musings of the great Western philosophers, poets, and theologians on the subject of the hereafter. His thorough examination of the depiction of heaven and hell over the last 3,000 years as well as his synopsis of the Odyssey, the Aeneid, the Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost provide an invaluable resource for anyone studying these works. A must read for those of us who view life as a bittersweet pilgrimage.
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Easy to read. It makes the stories I have read more applicable and enjoyable as well as connecting them with the flow of history, Christian and philosophical thought, and the Scriptures.
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