This notion of hope is deeply embedded within western culture. In her recent study of cultural attitudes toward heaven, journalist Lisa Miller noted individuals and societies seemed to be hardwired to believe in “a place that embodies the best of everything—but beyond the best . . . what’s most beautiful, most loving, most just, and most true.” This might, of course, be nothing more than a delusion, a piece of wishful thinking that shields us from the darker realities of life. Or it might represent a clue to our true identity and significance. For Miller, we have a “radical hope” that keeps us going, even in situations of despair. It is easy to see how this can be correlated with the Christian vision of hope, grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the firm and confident expectation of finally being in the presence of God in the New Jerusalem.