The Sequel to "How to Build a Tower All the Way to Heaven"

Instapundit mentioned this book the other day: How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.  From the Amazon description:

What would it take to make this world a paradise? Tackling the momentous question of how individuals can envision and enact positive change, this collection of 101 essays from some of today’s most notable thinkers, leaders, artists, and writers focuses on the large problems of society as well as the little challenges people face every day. Whether it is finding spiritual harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or feeding the hungry, every single person has the capacity to change the world for the better.

Normally, my reaction to this would be to laugh it off as just another printed dollop of feel-good hoo-hah.  But lately the news has been showing an awful lot of people who are using the admirable human impulse to make the world a better place as a lever to pick up a whole bunch of political power for themselves.  With that in mind, a book like this gives me the heebie-jeebies something fierce. (For a more detailed explanation, see another book: Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism.)

I believe, and I think the Bible will back me up on this, that there is no such thing as heaven on this side of eternity, and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something.  If they were just trying to sell a book, that would be one thing.  But when politicians push that line, really bad things tend to happen.

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