"An Agnostic Perspective About The Afterlife"
Are agnostics concerned about heaven and hell.
One of the biggest questions confronting mankind is arguably that of whether there is an afterlife. Most religious theologies are of course based on the concepts of heaven and hell as consequences for our behavior. Agnostics aren't so sure however this wasn't something just conjured up in ancient theology as a method of control and intimidation. Although stories about near death experiences abound, there is no real scientific evidence that the lights don't simply go out when our brain ceases to function. The following selections explore the origins of such beliefs and why agnostics question them from a rational perspective.
A Brief History of the Afterlife - (Essay) (Phiiip Almond)
"For good and ill, these imaginings have enormously influenced how we have
understood how we should think about life in the here and now and how we
should act until life is no more." (historyextra.com)
Biblical Reasons Hell May Not Exist - (Essay) (Justin Westbow) "Most Christian believers in the idea of Hell will tell you that it’s a place of punishment for sinners and evildoers. But does that idea have a scriptural basis?" (listverse.com)
Hell: Origins of An Idea - (Article) (Richard Burky & Jeannette B. Anderson) "Many religious groups portray God as a being who tortures people eternally for their sins." (vision.org)
Is There a Possibility of An Afterlife (Essay) (Steve Tayler, Ph.D.) "Is it Irrational to be Open to the Possibility of Life After Death" (psychologytoday.com)
The Problem of Hell - (Article) "The problem of Hell is an ethical problem in religion in which the existence of Hell for the punishment of souls is regarded as inconsistent with the notion of a just, moral, and omnibenevolent God." (wikipedia.org)
Problems With Heaven - (Essay) (Michael Martin) "Theists' reliance on the notion of Heaven raises several important problems." (infidels.org)
There is No Heaven - (Article) (Stephen Hawking) "The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a fairy story for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said." (theguardian.com)
What is The Purpose of Hell - (Article) (Candida Moss) "Whether hell is other people, a place, or just a bad date, it’s deeply ingrained in society’s collective consciousness." (thedailybeast.com)
Why An Afterlife Wouldn't Be You - (Essay) (Michael Shermer) "Life is not some temporary staging before the big show hereafter, it is our personal proscenium in the drama of the cosmos here and now." (scientificamerican.com)