Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven

Paperback | March 27, 2008

byJohn Saward

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In Sweet and Blessed Country John Saward takes an altarpiece from fifteenth-century Provence as his starting-point for a theological exposition of the Christian hope for Heaven. The altarpiece, Enguerrand Quarton's Coronation of the Virgin, was painted for Carthusian monastery, and so itsmonastic theologians, and principally Denys the Carthusian, who guide Saward in his exploration of the 'sweet and blessed country' in which the angels and saints contemplate the face of God. John Saward's book breaks new ground not only in content but also in style and method. He discusses asubject, eschatology (the doctrine of last things), which is generally neglected today, and though he observes the disciplines of scholarship, he also reaches out to a readership beyond the academy. This theology of Heaven, faithfully rooted in the Catholic tradition, offers enlightenment to everyChristian who seeks understanding of his hope, and encouragement to every human being who yearns for ultimate fulfilment.

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In Sweet and Blessed Country John Saward takes an altarpiece from fifteenth-century Provence as his starting-point for a theological exposition of the Christian hope for Heaven. The altarpiece, Enguerrand Quarton's Coronation of the Virgin, was painted for Carthusian monastery, and so itsmonastic theologians, and principally Denys the ...

John Saward is a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford and member of the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:March 27, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543666

ISBN - 13:9780199543663

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Blissful Sight of the Trinity2. Opening Heaven's Gates: The Cross, the Empty Tomb, and the Altars of the Church3. Heaven Lost and Heaven Longed For4. Ave Regina Caelorum: Heaven's Sweet Queen

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`Saward presents his case with a characteristic papalist machismo, reflecting the maturation of his subject matter.'Robin Ward, New Directions