Jon Meacham's story on rethinking heaven is paywalled, but worth reading, for any of you who saw heaven on the cover of Time and flashed back to the days when they used to do stories like, "Was Joseph really a carpenter?" In a similar vein, The Economist had a great Christmas special about historical conceptions of angels a couple of years ago. 

Emily Dickinson, in the spirit of epistemological inquiry:

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.


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