What Is Heaven Like?


Jesus commands us not to give our hearts over to earthly things but to lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven (Mt. 16:20). But what is Heaven like? Shouldn’t we have some sense of what Heaven is like if we are to give our hearts to it? Unlike Hell, Heaven defies any easy description, and the popular depictions—angels on clouds with harps, etc.—are usually boring, ridiculous, and wrong. Drawing on the wisdom of Scripture and spiritual masters such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Pope Benedict XVI, this course will explore and bring to life the Church’s understanding of Heaven as, among other things, the “beatific vision,” a “messianic banquet,” and “a new heaven and a new earth.”


Currently an attorney, Andrew Peach was a teacher and college professor for 15 years, teaching theology and philosophy at Providence College, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Boston College, and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. Andrew is the co-author of An Introduction to Catholic Ethics, a text used in Catholic high schools across the United States, and he has published articles in Catholic spirituality, Catholic ethics, and the philosophy of language in The Thomist, Touchstone, Crisis Magazine, First Things, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Research, Philosophical Investigations, and International Philosophical Quarterly. Andrew and his wife Kathryn are the proud parents of four children, Lucien, Bridget, Caroline, and Declan.