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Book Review: The Difference Heaven Makes: Rehearing the Gospel as News

Seiple, D.

These days, anyone speaking of "heaven" in theologically serious tones has some explaining to do. That person faces what Christopher Morse might call an "accountability" requirement. Morse has invested an entire career in working out what this means, and his new book, in addition to its other benefits, provides a window onto how this procedure -- which so many students have heard so much about -- actually works. As with scripture itself, however, its best secrets are not revealed by a casual reading.

The Difference Heaven Makes begins by pointing out that talking about heaven is not easy for many of us. Or shouldn’t be. Easy talk about "heavenly" matters easily drifts either into complacent sentimentality or anxious superstition, and so we had better listen carefully before just looking "Lo, here" and "lo, there."


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September 15, 2015