Asking Peter

October 13, 2006 at 10:33 pm Leave a comment

On Friday a week ago, I asked Peter if he was happy being an atheist.

“Of course!” he replied.

“How?” I pressed him.

“Why not?” said Peter incredulously. “Tomorrow, I will eat steak, hang out with my friends, and have great conversations. Why shouldn’t I be happy?”

I couldn’t answer.

We talked half an hour more, and he seemed genuine; still half of me wondered whether to believe him, wondered whether to try to probe deeper and see what was below the surface of his hedonistic contentment.

Aren’t people supposed to be unhappy without God?

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