Sting of Death

What is uniquely consoling about religious belief is that it takes the sting out of death. It’s the story that tells you that death is not a bad thing, despite appearances. This is why it is so deeply attractive to so many millions and millions of people, but in geopolitical term we want the sting in death. The people who are not deterred by the threat of death are supremely dangerous when they get their hands on the big bombs, and we do not want millenarian Christians who think Jesus is going to come down out of the clouds at any minute and save the day to be writing our nuclear policy or deciding how any mid-east peace crisis is resolved or not resolved.

~ Sam Harris (1967-01-01 age:50)