Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die

  • We now know that the human animal is characterized by two great fears that other animals are protected from: the fear of life and the fear of death… Heidegger brought these fears to the center of his existential philosophy. He argued that the basic anxiety of [humanity] is anxiety about being-in-the-world, as well as anxiety of being-in-the-world. That is, both fear of death and fear of life, of experience and individuation. – Ernest Becker
  • Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die. – F. Forrester Church
  • Religion is a wizard, a sibyl . . .
    She faces the wreck of worlds, and prophesies restoration.
    She faces a sky blood-red with sunset colours that deepen into darkness, and prophesies dawn.
    She faces death, and prophesies life. – Felix Adler