What he sees is a city

September 18, 2007 at 3:54 pm 1 comment

On occasion, we’ll post a few good quotes from a few good books. Here’s one from a book that I see as foundational to the discussion of the good city:

(W)e of all people have a deep history of interest in the city, rooted in our biblical tradition. … When John (the evangelist), exiled on Patmos, is given a picture of our redeemed state, he does not see Eden restored in some kind of agrarian utopia; not does he see the American ideal of a single-family detached house surrounded by a huge yard for every inhabitant of the kingdom. What he sees is a city — New Jerusalem descending from heaven onto earth.

— from “Sidewalks in the Kingdom” by Eric O. Jacobsen

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  • 1. Scott Greider  |  October 4, 2007 at 12:34 am

    Jon, just got the book in the mail today, and read it as I walked around downtown. Wow! Powerful stuff in there. And I love that he’s a Presby pastor!!!


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