Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Newsweek Gets Heaven Wrong

Lisa Miller, who is known for her anti-Catholic invective (see herehere and here for examples) now has to throw heaven under the bus in order to sell more books. A new article entitled, Far From Heaven, tries to argue that knowing if there is a heaven or what it is all about is an exercise in futility. But, alas, she will try to sell her book, which is all about heaven, anyway. It certainly didn't take her long to mention that she has a new book - from the second paragraph:
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...


John said...

It is owned by NBC. No wonder Newsweek would promote a book by one of their writers. What drivel.

Tim H. said...

"Books: don't buy them without advice from a Christian who is learned and prudent. It's so easy to buy something useless or harmful. How often a man thinks he is carrying a book under his arm, and it turns out to be a load of rubbish!"

- St. Josemaria Escriva
- The Way Number 339


Pillarclimber said...

Mainstream media take......nah, no thanks, I get enough of their "change" and politically 'correct' bullS@#!

Miller sounds just like an endoctrinated mainstream bigshot wannabe.....that hasn't quite got there yet.

I'll be saving my $$ for survival equipment in the coming months under the present administration.

Thanks, once again for your great shares, Marcel!

Brandy Miller said...

Shall we be surprised that one who disavows the Catholic Church disavows knowledge of Heaven? It's easy to know what Heaven is - it's the place where Love lives and reigns supreme, since Heaven is God's home and God is love.

Tito Edwards said...

Good job on shining the light on her shallow faith.

Sadly, many people will be duped by her article without knowing that pretty much 99% of her information is bunk.

mwal said...

"Who, the Sadducees taunted Jesus, does the man who married seven wives in succession reside with in heaven?"

Er, the Sadducees proposed a hypothetical woman who married seven brothers in succession.

Fishy. Very fishy. This author appears to be totally lacking in Scripture knowledge.

Patmos Pete said...

Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.