Compassion of Atheists

You may or may not have read Dinesh D’Souza’s article, in reference to the Virgina tragedy, asking where Atheism is “when bad things happen.”  Despite this article’s poor quality and flawed/skewed perception, it has sparked a brilliant article about Atheism and compassion.  It shows a excellent complement to the logic of Dawkins, who seems to get so much press.

D’Souza asks why no one asks Atheists to speak at tragic events, and I too question this.   Why do people look for supernatural comfort?  Why is faith in your fellow man not enough?  Perhaps this is a poor time to speak of “faith in your fellow man,” after the acts of a sociopath, but how could the explanation of supernatural evil be any more comforting than the idea that it is just one disturbed individual.

One thought on “Compassion of Atheists

  1. Vanessa say:

    I love what the professor said about not explaining things away with religion. About how atheists deal with tragedy on their own:

    “We think the pain is complete and absolute. We know it is.

    We think that nothing can heal these hearts, that time can only take the sharpness off the agony, that only in time can beauty be wholeheartedly seen again or laughter felt deep inside.”

    That’s awesome.

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