George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RIGHT WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #84
Response for MONDAY, January 7, 2013
NOR WHAT'S WRONG...BUT PERHAPS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVANGELIZATION.
Perhaps I have been too dismissive when calling Atheists
"certifiable" or "crazy", with only partial tongue-in-cheek.
Published in the NYTimes Sunday, Jan 6, SRp7, is a long article
by self-proclaimed atheist Susan Jacoby entitled The Blessings of
Atheism". Offered consciously or otherwise as an "APOLOGIA
PRO VITA SUA", it seems to base at least some atheists' position
a disappointment with...and even anger toward...a supposed God who
terrible things to beset good people. And it rejects the "free
will" argument that believing persons usually use to explain this
In this piece, well worth reading in its entirety, Ms. Jacoby makes two
important points regarding the value of atheism: 1) "We do want our
fellow citizens to respect our deeply held conviction that the absence
afterlife lends a greater, not a lesser, moral importance to our
earth"; 2) regarding terrible events like Newtown, "Whether
you are religious or non-religious, may you find solace in the
the suffering is ours, but that those we love suffer no more."
Not conclusive regarding whether there is a God and an after-life -
which is of
a gift of Faith. But impressive.
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