Monday, November 4, 2019

The Earthly Paradise





People are on an earthly journey.  They hope that eventually they will be in paradise.  There they will discover immortality, perfect beauty, and the truth about life.  Many believers see this place as heaven.  In anticipation of this reality they talk about experiencing heaven on earth.  Some refer to this place as the original Garden of Eden that once existed in the Middle East.  This garden described in the Book of Genesis was destroyed by the Fall of Man.

The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870) is a four-volume collection of narrative poems written by William Morris.  Its prologue described the flight of a band of Norse sailors in the Middle Ages from the Black Death, and their search for this glorious place.  But isn’t heaven more than an earthly paradise? Whatever it truly is people are unable to comprehend.    

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