You know the jingle:
In heaven there is no beer;
That’s why we drink it here…
That is a mistake. In heaven there may indeed be no beer, but in paradise, there is, and with time, as our everlasting lives go on, it will get ever more delicious.
We may marvel and sneer at the crudity of the Islamic paradise with its 72 virgins awaiting every righteous man and his “eternal erection,” but Islam may have picked up on something Christianity has neglected: namely the active life and the things that belong to it that, in Gray’s words, “stir the blood and quicken the pulse.” (Socialist Tradition, 63)
For Christ did not come to abolish the active life but to fulfill it.