Religion: The Rise & Fall of Heaven

Perhaps a man's faith in the afterlife necessarily falters the moment he starts seriously to probe the origins of the concept among the primitive men of 30,000 years ago, who provided their corpses with weapons to see them through death's terrors. Obviously the idea of heaven had a rise in evolution's slow periods—and, battered by the investigative fervor of science, has it not had a fall too? In a new book that attempts to survey the history of man's conception of destiny, a British cleric and scholar raises this question, and ends with an answer trembling on his tongue. The answer...

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