Interest in Eastern Orthodoxy has been rising for several decades. At a time when many churches simplify and repackage their messages in current idioms that can seem shallow and ephemeral, Orthodoxy offers some people a deeper mystery and a stable tradition.
Christians don’t go to heaven when we die—that’s the dramatic way to summarize N. T. Wright’s book. The Christian hope is that our bodies will be raised on a transformed Earth when Christ returns, not that our souls will be freed of our bodies so that they can get to heaven.
Alasdair MacIntyre famously compared dying for the modern nation-state to dying for the phone company. One cannot imagine a more dismissive claim about this country for Americans, whether on the left or right, for whom the U.S.