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Go to: It's no wonder evangelical atheists need to shout so loud

JLD Calgary's Avatar Jump to comment 237 by JLD Calgary

Hello all,

The Calgary Herald has run numerous letters, all debunking Barry Cooper and his poorly written editorial, including one of my own (See below: Reading List).

I thought you all would like to see some of the very well written responses to this article that made it into print.



Reading list
Saturday, August 30, 2008

Barry Cooper's column clearly indicates he has not understood any of the arguments against belief in any deity or supernatural phenomenon. He even fails to grasp the simple, logical counterarguments to the cosmological argument, which Occam's razor and other rational questions thoroughly dismiss.

His statement that atheists' arguments "are so weak that they have to obscure this fact with a high-decibel diversion" is a shining example of his naivete.

I challenge him to read The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, or God: The Failed Hypothesis, by Victor Stenger, to truly have a grasp of the kinds of questions "goddidit" fails to answer.
Religion can certainly encourage wonder and awe at the universe's mysteries; however, it hardly encourages in-depth exploration of those answers. Critical thinking, rational thought, logical approaches and a reliance on evidence are pillars of an atheistic mindset, not blind faith, and are much more capable of answering the difficult questions.

Justin Deveau, Calgary


Atheists in awe
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Re: "It's no wonder evangelical atheists need to shout so loud," Barry Cooper, Opinion, Aug. 27.

Atheists need not sacrifice their wonder at the beauty of existence. How can one help but be cast into awe at the thought that our pale blue dot floating in the inconceivably vast nothingness of space harbours all known life?

Is it not wondrous to consider that fantastically simple unconscious replicators competing over billions of years yielded the full complexity of life?

My pulse never fails to quicken when I ponder that we are the first species with the
rational capacity to reflect on its own existence, to understand its origins, and to rebel against the interests of the replicators that gave rise to it.

Science does not offer answers for what preceded the Big Bang, but with the exponential increase in our knowledge and intelligence that will occur over the coming centuries, that may not always be so.

If ever we uncover evidence of a power existing outside the universe, it might well be termed God -- albeit a god so remote and unconcerned with our existence as to be unrecognizable to theist religion.

Until that day, I am content to wonder at the beauty of life.

Robert Guterson, Calgary


First in line
Sunday, August 31, 2008

Re: "It's no wonder evangelical atheists need to shout so loud," Barry Cooper, Opinion, Aug. 27.

I don't consider myself to be an atheist, enlightened or otherwise. However, I wonder if enlightenment could be gained in this instance by arranging to have Barry Cooper and me bitten by mad dogs and following which one of us would apply to the universal creator for relief, and the other to the Foothills Hospital for rabies shots. Dibs on the shots!

R. C. Hawkey,


On the defensive
Sunday, August 31, 2008

We non-believers are getting tired of rising to deal with the same old arguments. Just when it seems the last one has been put to bed, another person steps up and delivers the same old drivel again. Dogmatism, by definition, means an authoritative, undisputable belief in something. We non-believers, whether we call ourselves atheists, agnostics or secular humanists are capable of believing in anything. We only ask for sufficient evidence to justify the belief.

I take issue with Barry Cooper's comment about atheists shouting. Outspoken, unashamed atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Victor Stenger don't shout -- they publish.

Stuart A. Milc,

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 13:50:00 UTC | #228732

Go to: It's no wonder evangelical atheists need to shout so loud

JLD Calgary's Avatar Jump to comment 218 by JLD Calgary

Here is a Letter to the Editor that was published in the August 29th edition of the Calgary Herald.

It's quite nice I think.

Doh! Was beaten to it. Good response none the less.

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:26:00 UTC | #226533

Go to: It's no wonder evangelical atheists need to shout so loud

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I've submitted a letter to the editor regarding this naive article, I'm hoping it gets published in response. Wish me luck!


Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:05:00 UTC | #225230

Go to: Cardinal accuses Anglican Communion of 'spiritual Alzheimer's'

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"If this context is ignored in favour of a myopic world-vision, Christ's salvation will be conveniently dismissed as irrelevant."

Bingo. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not paradise, it's reality.


Thu, 24 Jul 2008 07:13:00 UTC | #206095

Go to: Taking a Cue From Ants on Evolution of Humans

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Of the differences between science and religion, he says: "Stop quibbling ?quot; I'm willing to say 'Under God' and to hold my hand to my heart. That's recognition of how this country evolved, and that we are using strong language to strong purpose, even if we may not agree on how the Earth was created."

I wonder if he'd still feel the same way if he was forced on his knees to pray to Allah. I'm not even sure his position would exist in that environment.

Some of us are not willing to pander to irrationality.

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:58:00 UTC | #200076

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