By Greta Christina
In case you do not believe in God or an afterlife -- how do you deal with death?
Accepting demise isn't effortless. yet we do not want faith to discover peace, convenience, and solace within the face of dying. during this mini-book choice of essays, trendy atheist writer Greta Christina deals secular how one can deal with your individual mortality and the dying of these you love.
Blending intensely own adventure with compassionate, down-to-earth knowledge, Christina ("Coming Out Atheist" and "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?") explores quite a few average philosophies of dying. She exhibits how truth could be extra comforting than phantasm, shatters the parable that there are not any atheists in foxholes -- and tells how humanism received her via one of many grimmest occasions of her life.
“In this publication Greta Christina tackles the topic of dying with the perception of a thinker and the secure candor of a chum — that actually cool, clever pal who is familiar with and cares.”
-David Niose, writer of "Fighting again the ideal: Reclaiming the USA from the assault on Reason"
“This is a booklet in regards to the philosophy of loss of life that truly confronts the sensible fact of it, and is helping you return to sensible phrases with it… the simplest ebook at the atheist philosophy of loss of life you're most probably ever to read.”
-Richard service, writer of "On the Historicity of Jesus" and "Sense and Goodness with out God"
“Reading this e-book felt like a type of moments, status in a dismal and silent room, whilst glass powder moves purple phosphorous and turns a bit of it into white phosphorous, which reasons a fit to illuminate in a warming flame. i would like to teach it (the e-book, no longer the fit) to all my neighbors who're facing dying, that is after all all of my buddies. thanks for writing it!”
-Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University
“When i used to be very younger, I misplaced somebody just about me in a vehicle coincidence. virtually extra painful than the loss used to be the best way in which these round me tried to discover that means within the mindless dying of an adolescent. this can be the ebook that seven-year-old me wanted rather than the unending spiritual tracts that guaranteed me that every little thing occurs for a reason.”
-Heina Dadabhoy, Heinous Dealings blog
“Bravo, Greta Christina. Your ebook is a feat of good judgment, knowledge, compassion, perception, humor, and lived event offered within the such a lot available approach. Your rules are compelling and that i want your phrases should be made to be had in lodge rooms all over, tucked into the drawer of the nightstand, as well as health facility ready rooms, teach and bus stations, airports and study rooms. demise is definitely a tremendous Deal yet humanism and non-belief have lots of convenience to provide, as you so eloquently have placed forth. in brief, ‘What she said.'”
-Nina Hartley, writer of "Nina Hartley’s advisor to overall Sex"
“Greta Christina maintains to supply exact recommendation and data to the starting to be group of seculars. all of us have to contemplate our mortality and research optimistic and effective how one can take care of our inevitable time limit. thank you for this little ebook of knowledge. Christina has written a guide we will all use. however it can be within the fingers of each sanatorium and army chaplain, each hospice care giver,even ministers, and so forth. No secular individual could be subjected to supernatural rules and wishful considering once they are facing loss of life, demise and grief.”
-Darrel Ray, founder, improving from Religion
“Greta Christina’s new ebook transcends only ‘enjoyable.’ pleasure, tranquility, fact — i believe those whereas analyzing it.”
-Brianne Bilyeu, Biodork
“Atheism frees us to craft our personal which means for all times, yet we needs to nonetheless confront the threat of dying. during this brief-yet-essential quantity, Greta Christina offers an array of humanist views that offer very genuine convenience and that means within the face of death.”
-Neil Wehneman, improvement Director, Secular scholar Alliance
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Extra resources for Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God
Even people who currently aren’t grieving are finding Grief Beyond Belief valuable — because it helps them support the bereaved non-believers in their lives. ” And Grief Beyond Belief member Christine M. Pedro-Panuyas concurs. They assume that any argument for atheism being, you know, true, will ultimately crumble in the face of our desire for death to not be the end. Many atheists reject this assumption passionately. We point out that many religious beliefs about death are far from comforting — Hell being the most obvious — and that many former believers welcome atheism as a profound relief.
But when I compare the idea that “Yeah, sometimes life sucks, and I have to deal with it as best I can” with the idea that “An immensely powerful being is screwing with me on purpose and won’t tell me why” — I, for one, find the first idea much more comforting. Would it really be more comforting to twist my brain into absurd contortions trying to figure out what God was trying to teach me — and why the lesson was both so brutally enforced and so obscure? But I get to decide what lessons I learn from it.
The view that life and death are deliberately guided by a conscious supernatural being is radically different from the view that life and death are entirely natural processes, guided by physical cause and effect. The view that life is permanent is radically different from the view that life is ephemeral. And the forms of comfort and perspective that we find helpful in grief can also be radically different. Believers and non-believers have many things in common, and much of what we find comforting during grief is the same — but much of it is seriously different, and even contradictory.
Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God by Greta Christina