Grieving Without God

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About Noah Brand

Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.


  1. It seems to me that life is even more precious because it’s temporary. Because this life is all we have there’s all the more reason to make it as good as possible for all people. In some ways religion can encourage egotism because of the belief that a deity created this vast universe just for humans, and that each of us plays an important role in the grand scheme of things. I don’t see what’s so bad about being important only to those closest to me.

  2. Noah,

    I’m no atheist, but I think I understand what you are saying. Death is final. Death is real. There is no way to make that nice – or sweet. But you have memorialized your mom well. And in that, some part of her will not die. And that is something. The contribution she made – to prostitues and sons and friends – is enough – but it is not all – for where you have memories, there are memories that others will have of her – and together – these will serve to breath life into the universe – that is uniquely flavored with the scent of your mother.

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