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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:29 AM
Near death experiences have been studied and many of the effects have been explained with experiements that involve cutting the flow of oxygen to the brain (see test pilot data). To date, nobody's brain has completely died and been revived. Until that changes, there is not enough evidence to make a conclusion about the afterlife. And personal experiences, while compelling, are purely anectotal in nature. And anectotal evidence is not strong evidence.
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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