I’ll explain my reasons for this poll and elaborate later. I don’t want to taint the results at the beginning.
THE NOUMENAL PLATEAU
A Hypothetical Proposal for the Intellectually Convinced Atheist
"Hypothetically, ‘IF’ there happens to be a plateau on the noumenal side of our post-mortem phenomenal existence, where one would stand in the presence of YHWH, and hear the truths of ultimate reality which would “happen” to coincide perfectly with the orthodox/canonical Christian metanarrative; and more, there would exist a “variable” which would allow the “intellectually convinced atheist” to repent and worship YHWH as the Living God, OR go off into a solitary place according to one’s own “free will,” OR choose to be annihilated and extingusihed from conscious existence, WOULD:
(1) The “intellectually convinced atheist” repent and worship YHWH as God and King, and live forever in the “kingdom of heaven” in an eternal state of bliss with the community of the faithful?
(2) Would the “intellectually convinced atheist” reject (1) and instead choose to go off into a solitary place, or perhaps roam the universe (in solitude) for a self-determined period of time. At any time thereafter the “intellectually convinced atheist” could choose (3)?
(3) Or would the “intellectually convinced atheist” choose annihilation (i.e. the cessation of all neurophysiological and spiritual faculties)?
*** I am not talking about “heaven” and “hell” according to the conventional systematic Christian mythos established by artists such as Dante, Dore, Durer, Van Eyck, Michaelangelo, Milton, et al.; In this proposal I am assuming that depictions of “heaven” and “hell” in Scripture are to be understood within the context of the “apocalyptic literary genre,” which though was apparent in the Prophets, really prevailed during the Hellenistic era (cf. Hanson, Pagels, Chadwick, J.B. Russell, et al.).
The question is really a simple one:
(1) Implies “choosing” to see the Beatific Vision (Vision of YHWH) and “choosing” to worship YHWH as God and King, and live forever in the “kingdom of heaven” in an eternal state of bliss with the community of the faithful?
(2) and (3) imply “choosing” not to see the Beatific Vision, and rather “choosing” to live in solitude (for a self-determined time), or choosing annihilation, or both.
Which would “you” choose?