By Alister E. McGrath
Эта книга одного из самых известных современных христианских авторов исследует историю небес, от их происхождения в библейских письменах к самым новым представлениям о них.
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This, they believed, would prevent the resurrection of these martyrs, in that there was now no body to be raised. Christian theologians responded by arguing that God was able to restore all that the body had lost through this process of destruction. Methodius of Olympus offered an analogy for this process of reconstitution which would prove highly inﬂuential in discussing this question. The resurrection could, he argued, be thought of as a kind of “rearrangement” of the 34 The City: The New Jerusalem constituent elements of humanity.
It is like a statue that is melted down, and reforged from the same material – yet in such a manner that any defects or damage are eliminated. It is as if some skilled artiﬁcer had made a noble image, cast in gold or other material, which was beautifully proportioned in all its features. Then the artiﬁcer suddenly notices that the image had been defaced by some envious person, who could not endure its beauty, and so decided to ruin it for the sake of the pointless pleasure of satisfying his jealousy.
Perhaps it is no surprise that the work went on to become one of the most widely read works in the English language, reaching the height of its popularity in the Victorian period. Although the theme of the Christian life as a pilgrimage had been used by many writers before Bunyan, there are no reasons for suspecting that he was aware of these, or made any use of previous treatments in his own writing. Pilgrim’s Progress is best regarded as a brilliant and highly original narrative, incorporating biblical ideas and imagery without the mediating ﬁlter of previous writers.