In remembrance of Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011)
If it were proved, conclusively that
a) God doesn’t exist
b) There is no afterlife
How would you change, and why?
If God doesn’t exist, is your life meaningless? Could it be that your life has only the meaning you have the courage to give it?
Could it be that the Holy Books were written by men inspired only by the idea of a God?
If you don’t examine the philosophical basis of your beliefs, how can you argue that my life, or anyone else’s is less without those beliefs.
It matters little whether you believe something is true or not, until you are told you must live a certain way, because you believe something is true or not.
If you have faith, then (by definition) you don’t know. That would seem to be the whole point of faith: that you don’t know (though Theologians debate this point).
Now that we know more of the part played in human behaviour by genetics, chemical imbalance, hormones, religious / political indoctrination, peer and parental pressure is free will as simple and straightforward an issue as before?