Maybe it's the altitude, but heli-skiing is like the best drug I have never taken, and it's certainly as addictive. I want to go back again and again. And it's probably the most dangerous and expensive drug I have ever tried, as well. This is not a sport for sane people.
Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish mystic who claimed that he was guided by God to visit the realms of the afterlife in spirit form, posited the premise that there's a cosmic sex in the afterlife, but only among married (heterosexual) couples.
How could an innocent baby be held accountable for the actions -- or lack of actions -- of some stupid adult? There was some mistake. Nervously I stood and I asked, "Sister, are you sure this is right? I know God wouldn't do this."
Pope Francis knows that Heaven is created in community. The Kingdom of God is among us. Will we heed his teachings? Are we ready to follow his example? Are we willing to love our neighbors as ourselves?
I read Proof of Heaven when it was first released, and I met Dr. Alexander briefly at a talk he gave in New Bedford, Mass. in the spring, but I relished having an hour of his time recently to discuss the questions I'd considered since I first followed his story in the headlines.
Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.