Life in Light of Death (Paperback)

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Life in Light of Death (Paperback)


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Life is short, and it can be sweet. Contemplating death is looking into a mirror that allows us to see these simple facts clearly, as if for the first time. We have every reason to believe that we have but one life to live—and no good reasons to believe otherwise—and death marks the termination of each life. Examining this reality opens doors to understanding ourselves, each other, connection, love, and life itself in an entirely new way. Life in Light of Death offers a short exploration of the sweetness and opportunity available to those who understand and embrace this fact. By looking at life as reflected by death, we can see what really matters and how best to live.
James A. Lindsay holds degrees in physics and mathematics, with a doctorate in the latter. His previous books include Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly and Everybody Is Wrong about God.
Product Details ISBN: 9781634310864
ISBN-10: 1634310861
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
Publication Date: December 1st, 2016
Pages: 160
Language: English
"What is the purpose of life? It isn't Jesus, Muhammad, Yahweh, or any other religious figure, self-help guru, or grand cosmic scheme to be found in the next life. As James Lindsay explains in his remarkably cogent and highly readable exposition on life and death, the meaning of life is to live, and the way to know how to live is vouchsafed to you by virtue of living. How? Read this insightful book to arrive at your own answer." —Michael Shermer, Publisher, Skeptic magazine; columnist, Scientific American; author, The Moral Arc, The Science of Good and Evil and How We Believe

"James Lindsay and I are united by a deep commitment to live well right now. Love is a chief concern in that endeavor. We are divided over the answers to the big questions of life and our understandings of ultimately reality. Where there is no dispute is that Lindsay is one of the best writers I've read, bar none." —Rick Henderson, Draper Campus Pastor, South Mountain Community Church, Utah

"This book challenged me, a person who thought he was on good terms with death. Life in Light of Death confronts with unflinching honesty life’s most irrefutable truth: we all die. James shows the way our instinctual fear of death affects our daily life for the worse and shows a surprising way forward—to live a good life, we must accept that we will die." —Mike McHargue, author of Finding God in the Waves and host of Ask Science Mike and cohost of The Liturgists Podcast

"Everyone we love will die and be forgotten forever, including us. Lindsay argues we can love deeper and live better once we accept this fact. Christians often say their faith leads them to love and life, but Lindsay shows another way: by accepting the truth about death. This is a very important message that should be heeded by everyone!" —John W. Loftus, author, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity