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Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire Paperback – May 1, 2009
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"This humane and often beautiful study of faith, loss and hope straddles the boundary between historical discovery and spiritual writing." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Saving Paradise offers eye-opening explorations of the mixture of spiritual vision and myopia that marked many of the great figures of Western Christianity. Its rich text and the additional material in its notes should spur readers to examine both the darkness and the light that can be found in all of us." —Darrell Turner, National Catholic Reporter
"Brock and Parker urge readers to see church history in a new light, with an eye toward social justice. . . . By re-emphasizing early Christians' focus on paradise, on the kingdom of God on Earth, the authors are convinced they are reclaiming authentic 'traditional' Christianity. It's a controversial thesis, deserving of debate and study."—Douglas Todd, Religion News Services
"This powerful, unprecedented, and compelling book brings real Christianity out of the shadows."—George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of an Elephant!
"Only rarely is a single book an event. This book is such a rarity."—Professor Daniel C. Maguire, author of A Moral Creed for All Christians
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"Proverbs of Ashes" and "Saving Paradise". She lives in Oakland, California.
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Brock and Parker take on the history of the subversion of the Christian message beginning with Charlemagne, who instituted the death penalty for conquered people who refused to convert to Christianity. After Charlemagne, the clergy introduced the dead body of Christ into the Eucharist. Killing, suffering and dying in the name of Christ began to represent the highest honor for Christians.
At 550 pages (including extensive notes and index) this book is not for the faint of heart. But, just like their first book Proverbs of Ashes, it is written in an approachable, conversational style. Consider reading and talking about it in a small group with people taking responsibility for one or two chapters, or bring it into a classroom and/or church setting.
and even the very arc of their own argument. They give us hope through their active nostalgia for a once dominant form of Christian thought and practice that we desperately need to recover today.
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Until the year 900, or thereabouts, Jesus was depicted in art as a healer, a teacher, and a savior. At that point he was depicted as the victim of a violent death. Read morePublished 19 days ago by A. Herd
This book does not tie together. It jumps from on subject to the next and doesn't make a lot of sensePublished 7 months ago by Kindle account
Thanks for the great research that went into this book! The information is priceless! JeannettePublished 7 months ago by Jeannette B. Love
Book is difficult for me to read because I know little about religion but I am enjoying the history. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynn A. Ellsworth
The authors present an interpretation of Biblical writings that the world sorely needs. This history of early Christianity is one that is often overlooked or ignored.Published 9 months ago by Peter Krone
The book was based on well researched information. It was well written, very readable and extremely informative.Published 11 months ago by Marcella Burk Groon
I DID NOT BUY THE BOOK just to make it clear but from the what she said "Why are images of the crucified Christ absent from early Christian art? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christian exmuslim
Makes a convincing argument on how the church establishment changed the original meaning of the Christ's life and message.Published 13 months ago by Suzanne McLean