Monday, July 26, 2004

A New Kind of Left Behind

Fred Clark takes issue with one of the authors of the "Left Behind" series vision of The Great Hereafter: "LaHaye portrays heaven as a (pearly) gated community in Orange County."

If only I could remember where I read something last week about how most religions have elaborately constructed hells, but only sketchy notions of heaven. Those just rewards always come across like: "'s a lot you already live. Just...more so." Which undermines the idea of death as a transformative event -- especially so if you truly believe in an afterlife -- and completely neuters paradise into a vague promise that being good means that things won't change very much, even if you're dead.

How sad is that?

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