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Society should encourage religious thought



I am visiting your university from out of state. I enjoyed the thought-provoking guest commentary, “Beware of Godless Liberals” (ODE, 6/22/09). I have a few questions.

In a country without crime or any other problems, how long should we expect people to live? Let’s say about 80 years. Now, how long should we expect people to be dead? Let’s say at least 80,000 years. Now, logically doesn’t it make sense to create a society that encourages people to seek answers about what happens after death because they will spend at least 1,000 times as much time dead as alive? Isn’t religion primarily about helping people answer that question? Logically, shouldn’t we encourage religious thought in society?

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