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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:25 AM
An interesting side-note is the fact that one can be a non-theist, and still believe in an afterlife. For example, Buddhists do not believe that the universe was created by a single god (the so called "prime mover"), but they do believe in an afterlife, the various sects of Buddhism believing in slightly different forms of afterlife. In fact, like man Jewish theologians, Buddhists might correct me by saying that, strictly speaking, there is no AFTER-life, in the sense that the soul never really dies; it simply changes form.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:26 AM
Thus, believing in the eternal nature of the soul, and believing in a single, prime-mover god, are really two separate and distinct concepts.
justwannasay Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:42 AM
Thus they believe in a spiritual exisitance and well as a physical existance - correct? My understanding is that the atheist believes that there is only a physical existance and NOTHING after death. You have stated that the Buddhist believes in something after death, therefore they are not atheists.
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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