I came upon your essay by chance and quite liked it. It's a very good
point that a belief in an afterlife is no more comforting than the opposite
point of view. Did you hear about the letter sent to a well-known
publication (I think PARADE mag. but I may be mistaken) shortly after
Sagan's death? It said something like "now that he's dead, Carl Sagan is
probably not an atheist any more". It caused quite a stir.
I look forward to reading more of your essays.
I have some stuff on my personal site, but it's more brief.
Some slightly longer essays in the newsletter I write at:
Fr. Matthew Kowalski
Did the pope endorse evolution?
Review of Darwin on Trial by Phillip Johnson.
Homily on the Moral Law
Hawking, Galileo and the Pope