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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Soleil Noir Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 2:11 PM
Whether atheism is "emotionally empty" is completely beside the point, Mr. Prager -- See also: Appeal To Consequences Fallacy. The nature of reality does not conform to our wishes, and atheism is nothing more than an objective assessment of the evidence.
Steve970 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:54 PM
While atheism is not necessarily "emotionally empty," it is certainly "cognitively empty" -- because theism is COGNITIVELY EMPTY, and atheism is simply the choice not to be a theist (because there is nothing to theism).
olddoc4444 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 4:58 PM
I don't believe in Atheists. That degree of certitude that there is no God is no less a leap of faith than belief is.
There may be no evidence that God exists, but there is none that He doesn't either. The existence of subatomic particle was once a radical idea, but many believed that they existed before the evidence was produced. The most learned people in the world, at one time, did not believe they existed. But they did, and did so without the imprimatur of those learned men.
badgerpat Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:06 PM
It's nothing of the sort. Take your sanctimonious self satisfaction somewhere else, where someone might be impressed by it. I'm not sure where that would be, but good luck.
lemonfemale Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:29 PM
No more sanctimonious than anyone who feels they have the correct answer. Like any religious person. SN may be incorrect but it is perfectly OK to believe you are correct until someone proves otherwise.
badgerpat Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:35 PM
I have no problem with someone believing differently than I. I have a major problem with the universal tendency of atheists to pretend they have logic and intelligence on their side.
lemonfemale Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:53 PM
They believe they do. They may be incorrect in this belief. This does not extend to defending Dawkins because he mocks religious people for believing they are correct. The mirror image of mocking atheists.
Quintus_T_Cicero Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 2:17 PM
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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