Posts Tagged ‘death

17
Aug
10

If you don’t believe in God, does that mean that your life has no meaning?

No, in fact it’s quite the reverse – to me, life is incredibly precious, because it is the only life we get.

In fact, I see the other side of the argument as reversed, too – a belief in an afterlife sometimes puts less value on this life. I see this whenever someone talks about how they will be reunited with their loved ones after death, or when they speak of someone who has passed away and say “He is in a better place now.”

For me, these things don’t work. For all that I know, I won’t see my parents, relatives, or friends who have died, ever again. This makes my time with them infinitely precious.

Then there are those who firmly believe that the good things we do in this life are absolutely worthless, and that faith in their god is the only thing that counts. To me, this is one of the biggest examples of someone giving zero value to life that I can imagine. (In fact, it creates a huge contradiction when someone who believes this also claims that atheists have no reason to be moral, but that’s another topic…)

14
Aug
10

Have you ever been dead?

(This is the 22nd – and last – question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

Yes, I have.  To borrow the wisdom of Mark Twain:  “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

And that does it for Brett Keane’s 22-question Atheist Challenge.  Feel free to look back at all of my answers and see if they spark any new discussions – that’s what this blog is all about!

13
Aug
10

Explain in detail the process of death.

(This is the 21st question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

I’m not sure of the exact process, but I know it involves the brain shutting down, followed by all of the body’s organs and functions that it controls. After that, it’s all rigor mortis and decomposition from there.

I’m still a bit iffy on what this has to do with atheism…

12
Aug
10

Would you sacrifice yourself for a loved one, with the chance that you may end up in hell because you are an atheist?

(This is the 20th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

Simply put: Yes.

Not-so-simply put: If there was a way to lie, cheat, steal, or kill to spare the precious lives of myself and my loved ones, I would do it in a heartbeat. Otherwise, yes.

As for the “hell” portion of the question – thinking about which of the many hells from the myriad of world religions that I would go to would take way too long, and probably distract me from jumping in front of the bullet / knife / car / train / herd of water buffalo in order to save my loved one. So I’d probably skip it, for the moment.

10
Aug
10

Should we try to save animals from going extinct?

(This is the 17th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

I love animals, and I think we should try to save them from going extinct, especially in cases where human interaction has been the cause of their endangerment.

I’m not really sure what connection this has to my atheism, but that has been the case for the last few questions as well.

16
Feb
10

If you could go back in time and kill Hitler or Stalin as babies so they never kill the millions in the future, would you do it if time travel was possible?

(This is the 13th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

If you could go back in time and kill Hitler or Stalin as babies so they never kill the millions in the future, would you do it if time travel was possible?

Kill, no. Prevent all of the destruction and pain that they caused, yes.

05
Jan
10

If you died and discovered that a god exists, what would you say to he/she/it?

(This is the 7th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

If you died and discovered that a god exists, what would you say to he/she/it?

“You have a lot of explaining to do!”

If I was in the mood, I might even do it in a Ricky Ricardo accent.




I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

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