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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

GatoLuchador Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 1:27 PM
When I meditate on God's reward, I realize that grief is actually a form of selfishness: We want our loved ones to be here now with us; we don't want to wait for a future re-union. In fact, when a faithful person dies, that one has lived a victorious life. And it should be celebrated. When a child dies, it is a test of an adult's faith in whether or not he believes in God's reward. Read the book of Job. A child's death doesn't test the child but the adult's faith.
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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