Not so long ago, each morning, school assemblies in Britain reverberated with children chanting the Lord’s Prayer:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done,

On Earth, as it is in Heaven...”

A switch in one letter, ‘o’ to ‘i’, turns the ‘on Earth’ to ‘in Earth’ as it was in the older form of the prayer. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven.” Recite it anew, and suddenly a small seed sparkles.

In the version most of us are familiar with Heaven is a place apart, a pure essence in which hopefully we live after death; a cloudy enveloping all-consuming space of the purest, ...


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