Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever
What reason do atheists have to say that one cannot rise from
the dead? Which is more difficult, to be born or to rise again?
That what has never been should be, or that what has been
should be again? Is it more difficult to come into existence than
to return to it? Habit makes the one seem easy to us; lack of
habit makes the other impossible: a vulgar way of judging!1
Quite an argument, one must admit. But one has to wonder: if Pascal had actually lived long enough to turn the fragments we now know as the Pensées into a coherent book, would he have made a greater impact on unbelievers and skeptics? Or are the Pensées more formidable in their fragmentary form, strung together as individual gems, like beads on a rosary or.50 caliber bullets on an ammo belt?
Certainly, we won't ever know for sure, for Pascal ran out of time before he could collect his Thoughts, and everything is guesswork when one asks the what-if question. In such cases, uncertainty is the most certain thing.
As is also the case with eternity nowadays. And also with “nothing,” as it pertains to us.
Ponder this: some hard-line corporealists argue that our consciousness resides entirely in our brain, and that when our cerebral cortex stops functioning, consciousness sputters and dies, along with the rest of the body. End of story. Nobel