The High Price of Heaven by David Marr
Priests and preachers have returned to haunt Australian politics. The mission is to get us all to heaven by banning drugs, chopping movies and turning the criminal law against sex. The High Price of Heaven is about the politics of salvation - and the cruelty, comedy, and pain inflicted by the enemies of freedom and pleasure.
This is also a book of stories - of murder and chicanery, suicide and savvy bishops, of the Methodist childhood of John Howard and the ruthless Christian warriors who fight the drugs war, of bizarre censorship and bigotry on the High Court, brawls behind the closed doors of elite church schools, the endless Crusade against sodomy and the devout life of Brian Harradine.
David Marr's aim is to make sense of what's happening as this country drifts back in time, by disentangling the theology from the politics. Provocative and quirky, The High Price of Heaven is an illuminating book from one of Australia's finest writers.
'...a challenging, vehement book that will fascinate believer and non-believer alike.' - Peter Craven, The Age
'In essence, a tract against wowserism...Looking under the rock of Christian salvation, [Marr] finds a wriggling agenda.' - Simon Hughes, Australian Financial Review Magazine
Paperback | 336 pages
130 x 195mm
01 Nov 2000
Allen & Unwin
A secondhand book that does not look new and has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including fading of the gold font that spells out the author's name, and very minimal (barely noticeable) discolouring. All pages are bordered with a very light discolouring due to age. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.