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Beyond

By Catherine Wolff

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Publication Date: May 25, 2021

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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 distinct and memorable. The result is Beyond, an engaging, thoughtful exploration of an idea that is central to our humanity and our desire to define an existence beyond death.

About the Author

Catherine Wolff is a writer, editor, and former director of the Arrupe Center for Community Based Learning at Santa Clara University. She edited the collection Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience. She is married to author Tobias Wolff. They have three grown children and three grandchildren and live in Stanford, California.

Author Residence: Stanford, Calif.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

ISBN: 9781594634451

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