I love that Frederick Douglas quote. I will have to use it. Thanks.
Yes - I am writing about the indoctrination of children by religions. Then you read one line and get clarity from it.
'I believe in everlasting life after death'
How is this an immature belief? I find this idea absolutely fascinating and it comes back to the idea; 'its either a dellusion or real.' I think there is more weight with it being real.
An inability to accept the evidence, to accept facts, is childish. A desire to believe in life after death is obviously one's natural instinct for self-preservation combining with egotism and fear to produce a delusional belief.
You already know what being dead is like. You have been dead. Mark Twain said it best:
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
A child cries at the realization of his own death. An adult simply knows it will happen and accepts it. The very old often embrace it.
I do not fear death half as much as I fear irrational people who want to spoil my life.
Correct Scott. When I say "an immature belief" I mean a person is not a fully matured adult until they come to term with the fear of death and accept it as an inevitable part of ones life. I do not think we can do this without being Atheists. Removing the fear of death that religions have monopolised removes the need for eternal life and therefore the need for a god.