Soundings

To change your mind

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7134.870 (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:870
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    I was reared as a Catholic, but long ago changed my beliefs. Heaven and hell, for instance; heaven seems nice but dull, and hell? Big black devils sticking red hot pokers up your arse for all eternity?

    Attractive though it might sound, I couldn't rationalise this, and, as G K Chesterton said, there is more virtue in honest doubt than in all the blind faith in Christendom (a loophole for unbelievers everywhere).

    And why should this marvellous world be only a preliminary to some hypothetical afterlife? Like most enthusiastic atheists, I have all the passion of the convert. A sky …

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