This engaging book by one of todaya s best--known Christian writers explores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings to its most recent representations. * A short, accessible book on the history of heaven. * Draws together representations of heaven by a wide range of writers, theologians, politicians and artists. * Covers literary works such as Dantea s Divine Comedy, Bunyana s Pilgrima s Progress, and the poems of George Herbert. * Considers discussions by Marx and Freud of heavena s role in society. * Based on serious scholarship but is ideal for the non--specialist who wants to learn more about the idea of heaven. * Alister E. McGrath is one of todaya s best--known Christian writers.