The United States is one of the best educated countries in the world, and yet a large proportion of the public claims to believe in the existence of heaven. To understand why there is relatively little apparent conflict between reason and faith about this topic, I examine the language devices subjects use in qualitative interviews to avoid appearing unreasonable when talking about heaven. I discuss references to religious authority and associated disclaimers, registers and register shifts, symbolic contrasts between heaven and earth, and expressions of ambivalence about who goes to heaven and how wonderful it may be.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Review of Religious Research|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Religious studies