The Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly on “Heaven”

On April 1st, 2010, Cathal Kelly reviewed “Heaven” for the Toronto Star:

“St. Thérèse of Liseux was the sort of heedless optimist the Catholic Church could use about now.

“I believe in Hell,” she once said. “But I believe it is empty.”

Of course it is, Sister. Haven’t you heard that Heaven is full to the gills these days?

As Lisa Miller points out in her new book, Heaven, the great party in the sky has abandoned its strict door policy. Everybody’s acting as if no matter how late they arrive, they’re bound to get in.

Nearly 80 per cent of Americans now profess to believe in Heaven. Canada continues to be the careful country cousin — only 58 per cent of us feel similarly, according to Gallup.

But, as Miller explores at book length, what does that mean? Heaven is an idée fixe, rarely thought about, more rarely discussed between those who don’t consider themselves devout.

It is also only one brush stroke in the syncretic blur that divides Jews, Christians and Muslims, particularly on this weekend. Think Heaven’s complicated? Try not to think too hard about the Last Supper — the sit-down that sparked the Passion may in fact have been a Passover Seder. And if so, how many new people has Dan Brown offended?


“It will get more inclusive, and more individualistic,” says Miller. “Heaven will be what you want it to be. If you’re someone who loves yoga, it’s a place you can do yoga … I’m not entirely a fan of that.”

Yoga? For all eternity?

Miller and I have just achieved total harmony across religious boundaries.”

1 thought on “The Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly on “Heaven””

  1. Well you asked for it God is real jesus is real and has spoke with me ten years ago he is coming soon when hes ready.Looks close and time could be near.Hell is just a denenion I feel horible place fire and some brim stone it is rediculas and i so stated.Now space ships are real one therory is sons of God old testament.God made every thing of light and other beings witch take on different fourm.what does this mean for us we live and die pysicaly,ower spirits live I call this energy with an intelegence,There is a lot of changes coming .Gods army of light and is it going to be rebirth into etopea.How ever you have to crack some eggs to make an omlet so we may be in for it.I would like yo go deper with you but many would not understand. john

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