Published: Nov. 15, 2016 by Stafford Betty
…most surprising is the finding that afterlife is not the exclusive domain of religion. The great adventure that death opens up to us is not dependent on belief, but on character. Deeply religious people often have an advantage, not because of their beliefs, but because they have often thought more carefully about death and devoted time to becoming loving and forgiving persons. But nonbelievers are not necessarily disadvantaged. Character is fundamental, and good atheists or agnostics will begin the journey at the level that their character—their habits of a lifetime—have readied them for. The same goes for people of varying faiths.