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      12-20-2012, 09:09 AM   #59
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Broadening my horizons is slightly patronising, don't you think?

I'm not trying to convert you from religion to atheism and nor should it work the other way - your beliefs are entirely your prerogative.

Reading any of those religious works would not provide me, as an atheist, any answers as to why God would work in such a way. After all, they haven't provided the answers to you, by your own admission.

I don't really have "a lot of questions"; they were all rhetorical. I never expected nor received any rational answers as to why God would allow such atrocities because I don't believe this specific act was anything other than a deranged lunatic.

To suggest to the grieving that there may have been some higher power at work, one which we could not possibly understand, is fairly insulting - in my humble opinion.
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