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Re: [humanism-174] Re:today's PD

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Sunday, March 23, 2008 1:35 PM
Beautifully said, Maude...
We can understand our own humanity, that's part of atheism's wonderful simplicity. No need for elaborate doctrines or mythologies to tell us about ourselves! 
Trouble is, many religious folks see the same wonderful simplicity in their own dogmatic beliefs- such as "Christ is Lord, Lord is Christ, etc., etc., this is all one needs to know". 
By the way, the great debate goes on in today's PD forum... 7 (web)pages of letters! They run the gamut from starry-eyed hope for a better future, to typical cardboard-cutout patriotism.

On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 2:21 AM, Maude <[address removed]> wrote:
So then, perhaps some compassionate reasoning about someone who lost a child at such a tender age could help one understand how SOME people, grasp religion and the promise of heaven, especially the promise of heaven for such an innocent "soul" as a young child.
I understand how a person could buy into the whole thing. It cushions their pain. They find comfort in that belief.
Us atheists have all the same situations and troubles to confront and we I guess, have it worse because we don't have something to cushion our pain. We just have to feel the feelings and deal with them, realizing they are feelings, and we go on.
But I can understand how most people, offered a cushion, would latch onto it. That sort of thing just shows human frailty. Atheists are just as emotionally frail but we latch onto other humans, I think, to deal with it. Not gods.

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