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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

justwannasay Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:36 AM
So there is only the physical and no metaphysical? There is only the natural and no supernatural? The spiritual does not exist?
HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:02 AM
There is no evidence that the spiritual exists. That doesn't mean it can't. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. However, if there is no way to conclusively prove the spiritual, then we can never say for certain whether it is real or not. We can only deal believe.
mjagger Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:19 AM
We are spiritual beings, and we have faith in many things. We look up at the night sky and ask what is beyond what I can see? It is amazing.
The most intense spiritual experience I have ever had was love, it involved an instance with my daughter when she was around 7, and told me she loved me.
So if you want to say that THAT sense of amazement and wonder we all feel sometimes is really god-fine by me.
I just think all religions of all kinds were man trying to figure out those internal questions when he was too ignorant to know better.
The old standby...there were plenty of humans around long before religion existed in any form.
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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