The fall-back argument of Christians to atheists is, “You should be worried about what happens when you die.”
This argument is amusing to a nonbeliever because he knows the Christian has no more information about what happens after death than the nonbeliever. The Christian just thinks he knows more.
The topic of death is actually widely discussed by atheists. I have presided at an atheist’s funeral and would be honored to do so again if asked.
It’s been suggested that within nonbelievers there is a need for greater uplifting message. We do not have something quite as nice as the myth the dead is, “In a better place.”
I suppose we could create our own myth, the person is happier being dead than he was alive. Or, that he had such a good life he has no regrets about being dead.
But, what is done works OK. It is that dying is a part of living. Being born brings on death.
I attended a secular funeral of a friend, recently, who died at 42. One thing we didn’t have to do at his funeral was try to explain why God lets young people suffer and die. I read an article recently by an ex pastor who said one of the worst parts of preaching was have to take God off the hook every time there were deaths of young people.
Funerals without the myths of an afterlife are no sadder, and no happier, than religious funerals.
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