Is heaven a place on earth?
Belinda Carlisle once sang that "heaven is a place on Earth" and Robert Smith of The Cure once sang about his lover being "just like heaven." Countless songs, from Eric Clapton to Led Zeppelin, express our idea of the afterlife, and music represents just a part of our fascination with heaven.
Author and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller explored musical lyrics and 2,000 years of other writing for her book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. In the book, she provides a vast history of the afterlife across cultures — and she finds that while our notion of heaven may vary by our religion, the desire for an afterlife is universal.