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By Rita Nakashima Brock

Whilst Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker begun touring the Mediterranean global looking for artwork depicting the useless, crucified Jesus, they found whatever that conventional histories of Christianity and Christian artwork had underplayed or sought to give an explanation for away: it took Jesus Christ 1000 years to die.

During their first millennium, Christians crammed their sanctuaries with pictures of Christ as a dwelling presence in a colourful global. He seems as a shepherd, a instructor, a healer, an enthroned god; he's an baby, a adolescence, and a bearded elder. yet he's by no means useless. whilst he seems to be with the move, he stands in entrance of it, serene, resurrected. the area round him is ablaze with attractiveness. those are photographs of paradise-paradise during this international, permeated and blessed through the presence of God.

But as soon as Jesus perished, loss of life was once nearly all he appeared in a position to do.

Saving Paradise bargains a desirable new lens at the background of Christianity, from its first centuries to the current day, and asks how its early imaginative and prescient of attractiveness developed into considered one of torture. In tracing the alterations in society and theology that marked the medieval emergence of pictures of Christ crucified, Saving Paradise exposes the imperial innovations embedded in theologies of redemptive violence and sheds new mild on Christianity's flip to holy warfare. It unearths how the hot global, validated via Christian conquest and colonization, is haunted through the lack of a religious figuring out of paradise right here and now.

Brock and Parker reconstruct the concept that salvation is paradise during this international and during this existence, they usually supply a daring new theology for saving paradise. They floor justice and peace for humanity in love for the earth and open a brand new destiny for Christianity via a theology of redemptive good looks.

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