WARM UNIVERSE, COLD UNIVERSE: GRIEF, CONSOLATION & THE ATHEIST/RELIGIOUS DIVIDE

Barry Klassel
Humanist Chaplain at Rutgers University

It’s almost midnight.  Two friends in their twenties walk down the beach toward the water.  Behind them, the lights of the city glow in the distance.

Earlier in the day the two attended the funeral of a third friend.  His family seemed devastated, but one by one various speakers did their best to talk about the life of the deceased and his last days in pain as they tried to deal with the difficulty of accepting his death.

The two friends sit silently on the sand.  Before them, the waves surge and retreat. The dark sky above is pin-pointed with a million stars.

One of the friends is deeply religious.  The funeral had raised some nagging doubts, exposed some fault lines in his faith.  How could someone die so young, a couple of weeks before he was to be married?  It was not to be understood.  But there must be some reason and only…

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One Response to WARM UNIVERSE, COLD UNIVERSE: GRIEF, CONSOLATION & THE ATHEIST/RELIGIOUS DIVIDE

  1. Kuldeep Gupta says:

    Nobody is important in this universe, men has made himself important psychologically.

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