Paul Edwards: The Meaning And Value of Life. What is the role of theism in answering questions about the meaning of life?. Theistic answers. Clark in response to Russell’s claim all life will end: Christianity gives all actions “vital significance.” We have eternal life.
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What is the role of theism in answering questions about the meaning of life?
Pessimists say that death is better than life. But if life was all that, how would death destroy its value?
Doesn’t the tragedy of the termination of life show it has value?
If y is bad because it is the termination of x, then x has to be good or have positive value.
RESPONSE (Julius Caesar): Life is valuable until you realize your death is coming. Brutus: “So are we Caesar’s friends that have abridged/His time of fearing death.”
Reply 1: That “doom and gloom” erases happiness is not “necessary nor inevitable.” (120)
Reply 2: If there is no afterlife, it doesn’t make sense to say that death is better than life. We also can’t inspect death to see what it is like so we cannot assess it as better.