Think it’s tough telling your parents or friends that maybe there isn’t any god, or any afterlife? Try telling a 4-year-old who’s frightened of dying — and who just happens to be your daughter.
The author, Dan Kois, doesn’t describe himself as atheist or agnostic, but he does start out by trying to explain to his daughter that some people don’t think you keep living after you die.
But from an atheist POV, the story has what could be considered a sad ending: “A few weekends after that day in September, we put on our Sunday clothes and drove around the corner to Rock Spring Congregational.”
Is this how religions get started? People making up stories to comfort other people who are frightened of the unknown? Ricky Gervais and others behind the film “The Invention of Lying” seem to think so.