New Jerusalem

There’s some dispute about the New Jerusalem: in Christianity, most often, it’s a spiritual concept, the home of the Saints. In Judaism, on the other hand, it is most often a literal conception, a rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem where it will be perfected, and Solomon’s Temple will be rebuilt. Oddly enough, these conceptions are not mutually exclusive, although there are enough hotheads on both sides to ensure that peaceful coexistence is unlikely. (And that’s before you get into the William Blake-inspired loonies who want to build the New Jerusalem in England. But I digress.)

Be that as it may, it’s only the Christian conception that really qualifies as an afterlife. Realistically, there’s no good reason