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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Farmer5 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:10 AM
How does an atheist arrive at a meaningful existence from a starting premise that his existence is a function of random chance? It seems randomness (occurring without an identifiable pattern, plan, system, or connection) and meaningful existence (Having meaning, function, or purpose) is not logically reconcilable. But logic should matter little to an atheist…He claims his thoughts originate as no more that the random bilious rumblings and gurgling of a purely biological process and in the end are sometimes excreted to others in the equivalence an audible brain fart.
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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