Well, I'm not truly atheist, more agnostic, but I don't really believe in the afterlife. I am a new grad starting oncology nursing, because I loved my oncology clinical very much, and the time I spent doing a clinical in hospice I loved as well. My unit isn't palliative care, but a lot of the patients will die. My patients in oncology were the most amazing people I ever met, and I loved working with them and their families too much to give the field up. However, dealing with my patients dying is VERY hard for me, because I'm not sure there's anything after they go (not that it's not hard for everyone). I wouldn't give up my new job for the world, but I'm curious if anyone out there is in my position. Anyone have any suggestions for reading material, or just based on personal experience?
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I am a true believer, and I do believe in a much greater place after this old world is gone. It is definatley nice to have hope in more than this place. I suggest you read the Case for Christ. Excellant read, written by an athiest named Lee Strobel. Im not trying to convert, but I hope you can find the answers to life's difficult questions.
Lee Strobel is a self described "former spiritual skeptic." This is different from an atheist. My problem with discussions like Mr Strobel's is: it is necessary to first believe in order to be convinced by his stream of thought and presentations of "evidence." The believer does not need to be convinced and the atheist (by definition) cannot be convinced. Strobel interviewed a number of high-caliber Evangelical apologists, many of whom are worthy of consideration in and of themselves. Thus The Case for Christ constitutes a pseudo-anthology of Evangelical scholarship. Strobel did not interview any critics of Christian apologetics, even though he attacks such individuals in his book. Not only are atheists not convinced by Mr Strobel's presentations, the entire world of non-Christians are not convinced.
Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Jun 29, '04