The Perplexity of Death

On returning home from a recent trip I found a dead cat in my side yard. The corpse was intact, so I assume it may just have died from old age or illness. Such of course is the fate of us all unless some accident takes us earlier. But what about an afterlife? Many religions teach that, as persons, we survive our physical deaths. My own parents believed that without reservation. This is one of those issues about which I attempt to maintain an open mind. The one psychic of my acquaintance says that he has observed many ghosts, including his own mother. The literature on near-death experiences is huge and growing, although most of my professional colleagues are either unaware of it or dismiss it a priori as worthless. The biblical doctrine that the majority of humanity will spend eternity in hell strikes me as particularly vile unfounded nonsense.

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