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THE MEANING OF LIFE

  • Stephen Law

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According to some, questions about the meaning of life are inextricably bound up with questions about God and religion. Without God, it is suggested, humanity amounts to little more than a dirty smudge on a ball of rock lost in an incomprehensively vast universe that will eventually bare no trace of us having ever existed, and which will itself collapse into nothingness. So why bother getting out of bed in the morning? If there is a God, on the other hand, then we inhabit a universe made for us, by a God who loves us, and who has given us a divine purpose. That fills our lives meaning.

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This Material is adapted from Stephen Law's Very Short Introduction to Humanism (OUP, 2011), and reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

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