Originally posted by Furor
Because he believes that he is right, and everyone else is wrong, so it is unplausible in his mind.
The truth is, the only people who could possibly know what happens after you die are dead people--and you can try asking them if you want, but they are not big on conversation.
That may be right but there are a whole series of issues that would need to be considered for an examination of any afterlife.
Firstly, something needs to continue after the death. What is that likely to be? A soul? Fine, but what is the nature of that soul? What is it? How does it work? What is it constructed from?
How is that things, whatever it is, continued after life? Is there a transference of some type into a new form and how might thta transfer take place?
What is the nature of the place where all of these things are stored or contained after death? In other words just what is the afterlife - heaven, hell, or whatever that might be - actually like? Where is it in relation to the rest of the universe? Are there boundaries to it? IUs it limited or limitless? Finite or infinite?
What are the rules for entry to this afterlife? Is it only human beings? Or are animals allowed to? What about disabled humans - or mthe mentally challenged? And children of any age or is there some sort of developmental boundary you need to cross? What about embryos and foetuses? What would the afterlife be like for such things?
That's a five minute thought. I'm sure there's many other issues to tease out.
The point of all this?
Plausibility may not be the best term, but the alternative to an afterlife is certainly the simpler explanation.
I'm all for it.
And I think any atheist worth his salt must fall on that side of the debate. To answer some or all of these questions you must enter the world of the supernatural, and while strictly speaking of course atheism does not reject or accept the supernatural - it makes no sense to be an atheist and believe that supernatural events are possible.