“... a religion that is true would be one that defeats death, man’s most detestable foe. Of all the religious leaders previously discussed, only one, Jesus of Nazareth, has conquered the Grim Reaper.” -- Francis Beckwith.
Update: The Ball Bounces welcomes the author of the quote, Francis Beckwith, who writes in the Comments: "Sheesh! I was only 23 years old when I published that comment. (I'm now 49). But, in defense of me, you have to read the paragraphs prior to it to see how I make the case for death's existential significance."
For the record, I still believe it."
And I think that any rational person who was told that a religion offered the remedy to his greatest needs, which include a) forgiveness for moral failure, and b) victory over the grave, would i) want this religion to be true, and ii) investigate it on the basis of i), i.e., with an open mind and heart.
Instead, we witness rather persons who take perverse delight in believing the opposite; persons who insist on there being no hope for life after death, who relish the belief that their death is their extinction, persons who take what can only be described as perverse delight in "defeating" its arguments. This perversity of heart and mind is well described in the Bible.
Atheists themselves give us yet one more good reason to believe the Bible is the word of God.