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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Michael2502 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 5:08 PM
I sometimes wonder if the word "atheism" is often misused. You don't have to believe in God necessarily to believe in some kind of afterlife. Heck, some Buddhists don't even believe in souls but still manage to believe in reincarnation, heaven, and hell. All atheism means is that there are no "gods" who created the universe, but who's to say that this universe itself doesn't contain a natural (or supernatural) level of reality into which human life or the human soul, being energy of sufficient orginization, moves on upon death? I think we need a better word than "atheist" to describe people who don't believe in an afterlife (if there isn't one already -- does anyone know)?
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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