I’m writing in response to this letter you published by Mr. Campbell. I found that it contains both inaccuracies and makes implications which are mistaken.
• The scientific community is mostly either atheist or nonreligious. Also, it is not the goal of science to “reconcile our existence without god”. The issue of gods simply has no bearing on scientific pursuits any more than the issue of Brad and Angelina’s adoptions.
• There is no demonstrable evidence for any gods
• Quoting poets to prove what atheists think does nothing of the sort, but does serve to prove something of the character of the one doing so.
• Darwin, as far as anyone knows, was not an atheist, and he most certainly didn’t have a deathbed conversion. That’s an old lie that Christians have been telling probably ever since the great man died.
I would hazard a guess that it is actually the Christian at night, during the day, and all times in-between, who half doubts or more the existence of their god, and when they encounter anything which adds to that doubt like atheists and their writing, their anxiety of doubt magnifies, causing them to both make outspoken shows of their supposed solid faith and lash out against what threatens it. Sadly, that often includes false implications and flat out lies.
I know not what personal doubts Mr. Campbell is wrestling with, but I suggest he deal with such personal issues on his own and not resort to casting lies and aspersions on atheists as a solution.