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Hopefully heaven isn’t as lame as this book

A few months ago I picked up 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life at the bargain section of Barnes & Noble. I don’t normally read books in this goofy genre, but I had heard about this book somewhere. At the time I thought that I had heard it mentioned on NPR, but I have since decided that this couldn’t possibly be the case.

My short introduction probably gives away my feelings toward this book. The author devoted very little time to recount his visit to heaven following a bad car accident. The book focused much more on the other parts of the story, devoting more pages to the author’s physical therapy than his recount of heaven. The story was mildly interesting, but nothing I would recommend, and not worth the $5 I spent. I didn’t learn much about heaven that I didn’t already know; namely that it is a nice place where your dead friends and family now reside. I sound flippant because I am. This wasn’t exactly a convincing recount of a near-death (or actual death) experience.

June 2, 2007 Posted by | books, christianity, religion | 2 Comments

Religion rises from fear of death?

Religion rises inevitably from our apprehension of our own death. To give meaning to meaninglessness is the endless quest of all religion. When death becomes the center of our consciousness, then religion authentically begins.

-Harold Bloom, The Mormons

This is an interesting viewpoint. Death and the afterlife are certainly important doctrines of most religions, but is this really the defining doctrine? My personal view has focused more on meaning while living rather than meaning in death.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | introspection, religion, theology | 7 Comments

Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it

Awhile ago I stumbled upon a GQ article about a guy who travelled to a large Christian rock music festival to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve heard of these festivals before, they’re kind of a Christian version of Woodstock. Hoards of kids converge in a rural location to hang out and listen to music. Sounds like it could be fun, and an interesting enough phenomena that someone should cover it, right?

Enter John Jeremiah Sullivan. His article, cleverly entitled “Upon This Rock“, starts the way you’d expect. It’s self-deprecating and tongue in cheek as the author describes his experience road tripping by himself in a 29-foot RV. The first half of the article continues as a fun story with witty observations about a religious culture that many people are ignorant of. Continue reading

April 19, 2007 Posted by | christianity, culture, philosophy, religion, theology | Comments Off on Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it