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.

chapter 1|9 pages

Disaster, religion and science

chapter 2|11 pages

Son of a preacherwoman

chapter 3|8 pages

The entitled class

chapter 4|7 pages

Existential dread

chapter 5|7 pages

Human error

chapter 6|8 pages

A question of faith

chapter 7|10 pages

Killing death

chapter 8|10 pages

Returning to dust

chapter 9|6 pages

Grief without a god

chapter 10|9 pages

The end of death

chapter 11|12 pages

Resurrecting heaven

chapter |2 pages