All Blog Posts Tagged 'afterlife' (12)

Thoughts on the Afterlife

As many members of Atheistnexus expressed on these pages, I also was a victim of parochial schools.  Not just Catholic school but all the other institutions that teach students how to worship and adore God, some more regimented that others. I learned to “march in step” with all the other kids and kneel, sit, pray, sing, stand, then kneel again according to how many clicks there were or stern whispers from an adjoining pew.  

But in high school when I became a little more educated,…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 1, 2013 at 4:58pm — 5 Comments

The Poem From the Movie The Grey

There's a great little poem that's read in the movie The Grey with actor Liam Neeson.  

It was written by director/writer Joe Carnahan.



--- Into the Fray ---

Once more into the fray

Into the last good fight I'll ever know

Live or die on this day

Live or die on this day

 

For me, it became a special movie when this bit…

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Added by JP Carey on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Never having to say you're wrong?

I found this cute cartoon recently, thought it was a clever way to turn the smugness of some believers on its head.

Added by Scott McGreal on October 12, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Is Heaven More Like a Hilton – or a Motel 6?

“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.”

Lucretius

 

I sometimes think that prankish college students with nothing better to do are responsible for at least some of the more outrageous letters to advice columnists.  That may be one explanation for the following letter and response.  Another is that the writer and columnist are absolutely serious,  the latter buying into…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 1, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Somethings just aren't true no matter how badly you want to believe they are.

Death and the Lack of Alternatives



How many times would you…

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Added by Philip Jarrett on June 23, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Perspective on Heaven and Hell

“I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.” ~Issac Asimov
The prospect of death doesn't worry me. But the prospect of physical suffering and pain certainly does. When I die, I just hope it's as painless as possible. The brevity of life doesn't bother me either. It's nature's way of telling me to enjoy myself or… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on June 7, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Would it be easier just to lie to myself and say: “I believe”

For the longest time, I considered myself Atheist/Agnostic. I couldn’t believe in a god without proof, couldn’t accept blind faith as reasonable. And I was convinced that even if I had proof, I couldn’t worship. The things carried out in the name of god or religion, are some of the most atrocious acts in history. Burning woman on stakes or wars based around religion, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea. Why is killing wrong, but it’s ok to do it in the name of god?



I never… Continue

Added by Tara Price on March 4, 2010 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

You can't go to heaven!

From Not My God







I have missed this blog! Between winter holidays, Andy getting badly injured, planning a wedding and miscellaneous happenstances, I haven’t posted in a while, though I religiously (heh, heh) have posted every Thursday.



It’s no secret that I have big love for the HBO series Big Love, which I discussed in my posts about Mormonism. The opening credits end with Bill, the husband, meeting… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 14, 2010 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Pascal's Wager: Why our 'Faith' is far stronger than any Christian's.

If you aren't familiar with Pascal's Wager, it essentially argues that you should believe/honor/flatter God if only to hedge your bets. If you're wrong and there's no afterlife, nothing lost. But if you don't believe/honor/flatter and God's punitive afterlife turns out to have been real, boy won't you be sorry! It's like the Lotto: You can't win if you don't play.



On the face of it that actually makes a lot of sense. I for one would rather not spend eternity burning in hell, so… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on December 6, 2009 at 1:47pm — 5 Comments

What if you only had a trillion years?

Cross-posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube.



This isn't an argument I've seen put forward anywhere before, so it's possble I'm having one of my more original moments here. I've written before about the idea that only a god, or an eternal afterlife, or something of that ilk, can give life any meaning or purpose, and why I think it's bollocks. But here's a way of looking at… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on June 21, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

I Don't Believe in Life After Death - I Believe in Life Before Death

I find it rather odd that there are people who believe in life after death but, apparently, they don't really believe in life before death.  As an atheist, I believe the exact reverse of that.  I don't think life is just a dress rehearsal for something else, I believe it is the main and only attraction.
Read the editorial I wrote about life before death.

Added by Kylyssa Shay on February 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Like a chair, but with comfort.

I can't seem to find this piece written by Greta Christina elsewhere on the site, so hopefully I'm not stepping on already worn ground here. She articulates my feelings on the whole "you sassy atheists with your faded jeans and 80 dollar hair cuts must exist in constant misery what with the lack of a marshmallow dream afterlife forced into your thinker!" drudgery that a lot of us have run into. It may not be in those words exactly (or those words at all, ever, for anyone) but you follow what I… Continue

Added by Conor on December 18, 2008 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

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