Monday, 28 January 2013

Two basic existential stances on the afterlife

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The view that a belief in an afterlife devalues this world; that an eternal perspective makes for callousness: ignoring the sufferings of mortal life.  

The view that without belief in the afterlife any values ascribed to this world are arbitrary, contingent, subjective, labile, weak...  that only in the context of eternity does compassion make sense, that the sufferings of mortal life have significance because of, not in spite of, the afterlife.

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