In a message dated 12/28/00 10:44:33 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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> In many cases, atheists come from broken or disfunctional homes, where
> there were no proper role models for father and mother; and in such cases
> the way out of atheism beings with having truly charitable friends, whence
> they can learn what chaste love is all about.
I can see it's disturbing to you that anyone would be an atheist. But the
atheists I've known, and often had long conversations with, were no more
likely than anyone else to have come from "broken or disfunctional homes."
Also, they were no less likely than deists to be truly charitable. They're
just human beings, like the rest of us, and many of them are very serious
human beings who've come to their convictions after long thought. I don't
want to fall into the trap of disdaining them or dismissing them just because
they've arrived at conclusions that don't match up with my own.