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In this unique book, Sidney Dekker tackles a largely unexplored dilemma. Our scientific age has equipped us ever better to explain why things go wrong. But this increasing sophistication actually makes it harder to explain why we suffer. Accidents and disasters have become technical problems without inherent purpose. When told of a disaster, we easily feel lost in the steely emptiness of technical languages of engineering or medicine. Or, in our drive to pinpoint the source of suffering, we succumb to the hunt for a scapegoat, possibly inflicting even greater suffering on others around us. How can we satisfactorily deal with suffering when the disaster that caused it is no more than the dispassionate sum of utterly mundane, imperfect human decisions and technical failures? Broad in its historical sweep and ambition, The End of Heaven is also Dekker's most personal book to date.
Preface Chapter 1. Disaster, religion and science Chapter 2. Son of a preacherwoman Chapter 3. The entitled class Chapter 4. Existential dread Chapter 5. Human error Chapter 6. A question of faith Chapter 7. Killing death Chapter 8. Returning to dust Chapter 9. Grief without a god Chapter10. The end of death Chapter11. Resurrecting heaven Coda Bibliography Notes