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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 11:55 am
Phillip Adams writes:
Readers warn there are no atheists in a foxhole and you’ll sing a different song on your deathbed, or like Voltaire, you’ll be a last-minute convert. But when near death, I’ve maintained my cheerful belief in a meaningless universe. And I’ve learned that the opposite is often true, that true believers can die badly, their tenuous faith evaporating.
I’ve seen it happen, sadly and suddenly, to close friends who’d passionately argued for an afterlife. One, a scientist, had written bestsellers arguing that modern physics endorsed immortality. On his deathbed he bitterly begged me to stop publication of his final book.
Hal G.P. Colebatch is sceptical: “There aren’t many scientists who write bestsellers on this subject. In fact in Australia I can’t think of any. Perhaps Phillip could identify him.”