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booper54

Larry King debate on Death

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Did anyone see this a couple days ago on Larry King Live? There was a Christian pastor, a Catholic priest, a rabbi, a muslim, a spirituality lecturer, and the President of American Atheists all debating on the topic "What happens after we die?" It was really interesting, although the atheist didn't talk quite as much as the others because a lot of the questions were for people who believed in a god.Transcript: transcripts.cnn.com/TRANS...kl.01.htmlHere's a couple good quotes I found:Quote:ELLEN JOHNSON, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN ATHEISTS: The atheist accepts the reality that when you die, that is the end. That is it. Therefore when you're living, life is all we can ever know. We can't know death. Death is a nonsense word. So we have to do our part now to make this a better life for ourselves and for the rest of humanity and all of the life on this planet.The only fulfillment, the only joy, the only happiness you will ever know is right now. Now is the time to do your part and to enjoy life. And it's a very, very good thing, because we don't take any moment for granted for that very reason.Quote:HATHOUT: Nobody died and came back. We, as Muslims -- we believe that Jesus has yet to come. So we believe that once you go through the door, you are not going to come back until after the day of judgment.However, as I said, not everything we believe in we have to see. How do you believe that water is oxygen and hydrogen? Somebody told you. If you have been told that fact by some source you trust, whether in the case of here is the Bible or in our case the Koran or the Torah, or your mother or your father or whatever, or your science teachers, you believe things without seeing them happening otherwise, our scope would be extremely limited.JOHNSON: No, we don't. We don't accept that -- we accept them when we finally have the evidence for them. But if somebody tells me something when there is no evidence for it, I'm in the obligated to accept it. Edited by: booper54 at: 4/18/05 12:30 am
marti1900

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A debate? What's to debate? Nobody knows nuttin' about what happens after, so basicially a debate on death is simply a lot of opinionated conjecture.Marti in Mexico
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Yeah I suppose it was more of a discussion than a debate.
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BooperReading or listening to the opinions of religious leaders on what happens after death is of no interest to me. These people don't have a clue. All of their opinions on this subject originate with ancient books, legends and traditions. A freethinker knows this isn't the stuff we should build our belief systems upon.Every time I have the opportunity to compare the words of an atheist and a theist I am left feeling proud of my atheism. Despite Ellen not having equal time in the referenced Larry King show, she did a magnificent job in summing up the atheist position.Chris
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