Visions of the Hereafter

Jon Meacham's article attempts to paint our understanding of heaven as undergoing a new set of changes [Heaven Can't Wait, April 16]. He fails to note, however, that many Christian denominations like the Catholic Church have long taught that the kingdom of heaven encompasses not just the afterlife but also the future earthly ideal that Christians are to be striving toward temporally. The kingdom of heaven is also understood to transcend the here and now. So perhaps a more accurate thesis for the article would be that modern culture is not revolutionizing our concept of heaven so much as it is...

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