Resurrection—the physical reality, not the metaphorical interpretation—puts everything we imagine about heaven to the test. My new book, Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination With the Afterlife, argues that while 80 percent of Americans say they believe in heaven, few of us have the slightest clue about what we mean.Then she uses polling data to show that less Americans believe in Resurrection of our bodies to show we can't know for sure anything. I didn't know that truth was up for a vote.
But, it gets worse. She calls Jesus "typically cranky."
Resurrection presented credibility problems from the outset. Who, the Sadducees taunted Jesus, does the man who married seven wives in succession reside with in heaven? The subtext of their teasing is obvious: if the resurrection is true, as Jesus promised, then in heaven you must have your wife, and all the things that go along with wives: sex, arguments, dinner. Jesus responds in a typically cranky way: "You just don't get it," he says (my paraphrase). "You are wrong," he said in Matthew's Gospel, "because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God."She goes on to say that having an immortal soul, and not resurrection of the body, is "more reasonable".
Ultimately her article, and her book, come down to this - you can't explain the afterlife. Well, even if she was a believer, she couldn't explain it, none of us can.
But, that is no reason to through orthodox Christian beliefs, Sacred Scripture, the power of God, and the life of Jesus under the bus.
Of course, that kind of narrative probably won't sell as many books. This is proved by the even more useless article - "Can Science Explain Heaven?" - I wonder what the answer is...maybe you will have to buy the book to find out...