Heaven Is What I Cannot Reach

00:00

March 22 Podcast

Newsweek's Lisa Miller talks about her new book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife.
Newsweek's Lisa Miller talks about her new book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. The idea of heaven comes from the Jewish tradition, Miller explains, but was embroidered later by Christians and Muslims, who have at various times imagined heaven as a place where one is reunited with friends and family, and a venue for sensual pleasures unavailable in this mortal life. While researching the book, Miller spoke with Trappist monks and scholars of religion, among many others, about the otherworldly place Emily Dickinson called "what I cannot reach."

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

What is it about habits and cassocks that capture the imagination of even secular audiences?
Ashley McKinlessJuly 21, 2017
Father Jenkins recently wrote a cover story for America marking the 50-year anniversary of the Land O’ Lakes Statement, a seminal document on Catholic higher education in the United States.
The EditorsJuly 20, 2017
This week we’re going back to college. That means Natty Light, hook-ups and figuring out what “gluten” is.
Zac DavisJuly 14, 2017
“End-of-life care often introduces family members to sides of loved ones they have never seen before.”
The EditorsJuly 13, 2017