The other day I asked a neighbor, “Do you believe in life after death?” She laughed. It probably sounded to her like the line from the TV Laugh-in, “Do you believe in the hereafter?” They had a great time with what he was hereafter. I didn’t mind. It would be lovely to meet her in a life after death.
We don’t take Christ’s words seriously enough to warrant eternal life. Yet Christianity is what brought the Judaeo-Christian outlook into the Twenty-first Century. And somehow you can’t separate our science and Weltanschauung from it. Our customs, our culture, are dependent on that outlook.
So I choose to believe. Would I believe if I had gone into science the way I planned? Christ pity me if I had done with my spiritual life what a few scientists have done with theirs.