Who Needs Heaven?

The new atheism is, in a way, tyrannical. For Dawkins and his brood say that one does not need the superstition of the afterlife to come to terms with his mortal existence. This life, and all its pleasures and wonders, must be enough to satisfy a human.

“Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.” 

That may be true for you, Mr. Dawkins. Perhaps it is because you live such a luxurious life, from being a rich genius and a renowned author, that you have toiled in the ways of this world to achieve a life you cannot bear to lose after death. But what of an orphan in rural India, an untouchable of the lowest caste, who has absolutely nothing. Tell that little orphan your wisdom, Mr. Dawkins. Tell him that this world, his wretched existence, his victimhood to the sins of humanity, should be enough. Apparently, not even orphans may be allowed to hope for Heaven.

Just ridiculous.


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