Beyond : how humankind thinks about heaven / Catherine Wolff.
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|Ada Public Library||202.3 WOL (Text)||33500013406947||New||Checked out||06/30/2021|
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- ISBN: 9781594634451
- ISBN: 1594634459
- Physical Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm
- Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2021.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"A smart and thought-provoking cultural history of heaven. What do we think of when we think about heaven? What might it look like? Who or what might be there? Since humans began to huddle together for protection thousands of years ago, these questions have been part of how civilizations and cultures define heaven, the good place beyond this one. From Christianity to Islam to Hinduism and beyond, from the brush of Michelangelo to the pen of Dante, people across millennia have tried to explain and describe heaven in ways that are distinctive and analogous, unique and universal. In this engrossing cultural history of heaven, Catherine Wolff delves into how people and cultures have defined heaven over the centuries. She describes how different faiths and religions have framed it, how the sense of heaven has evolved, and how non-religious influences have affected it, from the Enlightenment to the increasingly non-religious views of heaven today. Wolff looks deep into the accounts of heaven to discover what's common among them and what makes each conception memorable. The result is an engaging, thoughtful exploration of an idea that's central to our humanity and our desire to define an existence beyond death"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 May #1
Wolff's sprawling book could almost function as a world religions text. Divided into seven parts, it begins with historical synopses of how various cultures regarded the possibility of an afterlife. Wolff discusses how the concept of an afterlife was foreign to primal religions, because life was everywhere and everywhen, then turns to Judaism, in which Enoch and Elijah are delivered to paradise. The rise of purgatory is discussed in the Christianity segment. In Islam, Jesus, not Muhammad, will return at world's end. Hinduism believes an individual soul (atman) unites with the world's soul (Brahman). Nirvana is the highest end in Buddhism. Wolff notes similarities across faiths, such as the image of crossing a bridge and Islam's barzakh as a kind of purgatory. She later discusses spiritualism, séances, and near-death experiences, and devotes space to apocalyptic groups like the Branch Davidians and Heaven's Gate and their yearning for a beyond. This history of hope is an enlightening read for those curious about what may happen after we die, whether they're people of faith or not. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
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