"I would highly recommend this book to all those who are searching for a life affirming image of the future of God and who desire to follow a Christ who defeated death and transfigured the world with the Spirit of life."
"The pithy opening paragraph of Saving Paradise sets up its startling premise: 'It took Jesus a thousand years to die. Images of his corpse did not appear in churches until the tenth century.' ...Parker and Brock reveal the early Christian community did not so much draw inspiration from suffering and the next world, but from earthly life and a vision of paradise."
"This humane and often beautiful study of faith, loss, and hope straddles the boundary between historical discovery and spiritual writing."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review"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
In the best tradition of theological inquiry, "Saving Paradise" provides a history and a theology that helps us engage the pressing problems of the world. . . . In "Saving Paradise," Brock and Parker have brought forward a bright thread of the Christian tapestry that had been in the background, largely ignored. In so doing they have made accessible rich and vivid theological resources. Margaret R. Miles, "Christian Century"
"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""
About the Author
Rebecca Ann Parker is coauthor of the critically-acclaimed Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. An ordained United Methodist minister in dual fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, she is president and professor of theology at Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union. She lives in Oakland, California.