Today’s piece from the archives, for obvious reasons:
Summary: It’s often assumed — by both religious believers and many atheists — that death is religion’s big trump card, and the comfort offered by religion in the face of death and grief will always be more powerful, useful and appealing than any non-religious philosophy. In this post, I put the lie to this idea, and talk about how an atheist and naturalist philosophy can actually make death and grief easier to manage — among other things, because it doesn’t involve denial and self-deception.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how atheism, and humanism, can help us deal with death — and with life. Not just in an abstract philosophical sense; not just in a “creating a meaningful frame for our lives” sense. I’ve been thinking about how we can apply atheist philosophies in a practical way. I’ve been thinking, not just about how these philosophies can help us face death, but about how they can improve the way we live our life.
I hope this helps some of you.