Aslan Christian Bookshop Roars Into Action With First Author Event!
Bristol's Aslan Bookshop run by agreatread.co.uk at St Stephen's Church, is holding its first author event next week - Tuesday 28 August at 6.30pm. Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker will be talking about their masterly survey of Christian imagery in early art, church architecture and spiritual writing; Saving Paradise. The talk promises to be thought provoking, as their offering examines the transition in artistic representations of Christ - from visions of bliss to visions of a tortured saviour on the cross. Find out more!
(PICTURES: RITA BROCK AND REV DR REBECCA PARKER, COVER OF SAVING PARADISE)
A spokesperson said: "During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence-as a shepherd, teacher, healer, or an enthroned god. He is serene and surrounded by lush scenes, depictions of this world as paradise. Yet once he appeared as crucified, dying was virtually all Jesus seemed able to do, and paradise disappeared from the earth. Saving Paradise turns a fascinating new lens on Christianity, from its first centuries to the present day, asking how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, and what changes in society and theology marked that evolution. It also retrieves, for today, a life-affirming Christianity that the world sorely needs."
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