Originally posted by Omnislash
...the fact of the matter is that at only one time will we see clearly...for only when we die can we truly KNOW the truth of the universe and then our perspective shall be true and accurate beyond doubt.
Despite (or perhaps in spite of) the innumerable academic debates of theology that have raged across time, the fact of the matter is that at only one time will we see clearly, and we will only agree with two populaces. The smalles populace that will share our views at any given time are the other living human beings who share our beliefs. The greates popul ...[text shortened]... t the same from anyone who would converse with me upon the subject.
if it happens to be the case that consciousness ceases at the point of death and we all become nothing more than maggot food, then presumably, the atheist will never 'truly know' that he is right, and the theist will never 'truly know' that he is wrong.
i agree that it is typically not prudent to judge men solely on their beliefs.
however, i imagine that within the realm of academic theological debate, it is also an exercise in futility if one presupposes answers to the questions under debate (to presuppose that consciousness transcends natural death, for example).