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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Dean197 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:03 PM
Most atheists are agnostic atheists. We assign a low probability to God, or at least to particular versions of God (they can't all be real, but they can all be imaginary), but don't rule out any sort of version of God at all altogether. Most of us would agree with the statement 'there's probably no God'. And some of us want to convince other people there's probably no God as well, bit there's some people who want to convince other people that Superman would win a fight with Thor, so we might not want to over-generalize about that.
Last week the New York Times published an opinion piece that offered atheism's response to the evil/tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.

What prompted Susan Jacoby to write her piece was a colleague telling her that atheism "has nothing to offer when people are suffering."

She wrote the piece, "The Blessings of Atheism" ("It is Here and It is Now!" screams the subhead) to prove her colleague wrong by offering a consoling atheist alternative to religion's consoling belief in an afterlife. Atheists cannot believe that there is any...

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