“Theological writers have always been puzzled to fix upon any very definite idea in regard to the geographical—so to speak—location of heaven. But at last we have a philosopher sufficiently bold who undertakes to remove our perplexity, D. Mortimer, M.D. According to his theory, ‘there is a vast globe or world far within the surrounding photosphere of ethereal fire, the sun.’ Dr. Mortimer states that he has brought divine revelation to bear on this vast central globe, and is plainly convinced ‘that the globe thus discerned is the Heavenly Empire wherein the righteous from this earth find their future home,’ for all of which information, doubting and believing souls will forever thank the learned doctor.”
—Scientific American, September 1869
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