Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 80: August 1, 1918
These are some of the pertinent questions which are being asked. Questions in which we are all vitally interested, for whether in peace or war, we are constantly being separated from those we love, by this condition which we call death.
Many books have been written and published since the war began, in which the endeavor is made to answer this all-ini portant question, What happens after death? I have read a number of these books, in which the opinions of some of the world's greatest scholars and thinkers are expressed; and as I read, the one striking thought which came to me was the great diversity of Opinion which exists among these learned men. No two agree. There is a certain uniformity of Opinion among Christian ministers. It is true, they all accept the doctrine of future life, but are hopelessly divided regarding the personality of the individual, and his relationship, in the life to come, with that which is in any way connected with this life. The doctrine of the resurrection, if admitted at all, is held to be a kind of new spiritual birth, while the reunion of the Spirit and body of man, to become a living material soul, is not admitted by a single writer.
Among those who are most pronounced in their unbelief, Max Nordau, the great French scholar and author, is perhaps the most outspoken. Death, he declares, means the final extinction of consciousness, and the eternal dissolution of what was a personality. The immortality of the personality, he says, is neither conceivable nor desirable. Nothingness is more consoling.
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