Posted: Nov 17, 2010 4:26 am
by byofrcs
Lion IRC wrote:Everybody faces their own death. It’s the ultimate moment of Truth which gets closer each day.

Atheists and theists alike BOTH have coping mechanisms - one says it doesn’t matter, death is NOT the end. The other says it doesn’t matter death IS the end. Both are voluntarily held views about death.

But what if life after death was simply a matter of “believing” in the soul? Your own personal continuation of a journey of existence in a reality which your “soul” can either keep traveling through or, if it is tired, simply give up the journey.

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Well yes and if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak.

You didn't explain which was which. As a materialist who doesn't think that matter can be created nor destroyed then death is not the end of the matter. It is only the irreversible damage to the information that the matter in your body stores that matters. Small changes from day to day are OK, large changes from brain damage through trauma and strokes and, obviously death, are less recoverable.

Oddly enough death does matter to a number of theists. An example of this is that in the US the more evangelical Christian you are then the greater the use of the medical industry to delay death. They will prevaricate and say that they are "prolonging life" but I suspect that they fear death and want to delay this no matter what the cost (and the cost for this kind of palliative style care is huge).