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Images from Heaven  

Here you'll find images described in “Where sorrow and pain are no
more …”, the chapter that Margaret Adams Parker has contributed to Heaven, ed. Roger Ferlo, Church Publishing, 2007.

From the publisher:
We hear about heaven and the supernatural on late-night TV far more often than in church, and many Christians never hear it mentioned seriously from the pulpit. Everyone has something to say about their hopes and fears for the afterlife, but the topic of eternity Heaven, ed. Roger Ferlois usually left to the talk shows. Ironically heaven is ignored by contemporary Christian preachers who stress the dailiness and Athis-worldliness@ of religious faith. That emphasis is salutary, but it does tend to marginalize the subject of eternity rather than challenging and deepening our ideas through theological reflection.

Each of the authors in this book was asked to write a short personal on the subject of heaven. This collection of essays gathers the hopes and reflections of theologians, novelists, and poets. The authors include Rick Moody, Nora Gallagher, Robert Orsi, Margaret Adams Parker, Barbara Brown Taylor, Phyllis Tickle, Malcolm Boyd, Alan Jones, Cynthia Bourgeault, Donna Schaper, Susan Wheeler, and many others. These writings, which mix autobiography, story-telling, and theological reflection, are so poignant and wide-ranging that we can all find ourselves in them - and start telling our own stories about heaven.

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Links to images described in Margaret Adams Parker's chapter:

Rembrandt, Saskia (silverpoint drawing, 1633)
Rembrandt, Saskia (pen and ink drawing, 1637)
Rembrandt, Saskia (etching, 1642)
Kollwitz, Poverty (etching) 1894
Kollwitz, End (etching) 1897
Grünewald, Isenheim Altarpiece (1511)
Goya, 3rd of May, 1808 (1814)
Picasso, Guernica (1937)
Van Gogh, Self-portrait (1890)
Parker, ENOUGH (1996)
Parker, African Exodus (1997)
Parker, Lamentations 1, “How lonely sits the city that once was full of people. How like  a widow has she become...” (2001)
Parker, to have seen what I have seen... (2007)
Rembrandt, The Adoration of the Shepherds with the Lamp (etching, 1655)