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Christianity &Islam &Science Johnson on 31 Dec 2008

The danger of delusion

The belief in an imaginary “god” is a delusion, as described in this video. In extreme cases this type of delusion is deadly – the obvious case study is 9/11/2001.

But even a casual form of the delusion causes a sloppiness in thinking that, at the societal level, is also dangerous. This article demonstrates the problem:

Skeptical Battlegrounds: Part III – Alternative Medicine

The problem in this case is known as CAM, or complementary and alternative medicine. The article summarizes it here:

This brings up the political dimension of CAM. Proponents have been successful at working both sides of the aisle, appealing to anti-regulation sentiment on the right and anti-corporate/anti-establishment sentiment on the left. Unfortunately, science has no political party.

And of course all of this is happening in a generally scientifically illiterate society. In my experience most of the public does not understand why homeopathy cannot possibly work (it’s just water), why scientists are confident that there is no mysterious life force at work in the body, why chiropractic subluxations make no sense, and why megadosing vitamins or the latest fad tropical fruit juice cannot cure everything.


What this also means is that those few of us who are trying to point out that the Emperor has no clothes (to use a tired metaphor), and defend science-based medicine are made to seem like ideological, closed-minded fanatics. Defending science in medicine is no longer politically correct – at least not within the alternate reality of CAM.

Sound familiar? Yes – this is exactly the same dynamic that occurs between religious and rational people.

The problem is that CAM can actually kill people in the worst case, and at the very least prolong or worsen a disease that might actually be treated successfully. It also sucks money away from consumers on products that do absolutely nothing. This post demonstrates the problem when it comes to chiropractors:

The study, reported today in The Lancet, involved 240 patients with acute lower back pain who had been seen by their GPs.

They were assigned to four treatment groups, only one of which received both diclofenac and genuine spinal manipulative therapy. Both techniques are available on the NHS in areas where primary care trusts have agreed to fund them.

The other three groups were treated with diclofenac and “dummy” spinal manipulation; genuine spinal manipulation plus a placebo; or both a dummy drug and fake spinal manipulation.

The results showed neither diclofenac nor spinal manipulative therapy significantly increased the speed of recovery.

A total of 237 of the 240 patients recovered over the course of 12 weeks. Some 22 patients had possible adverse reactions to the treatments, including stomach disturbances, dizziness and heart palpitations.

In other words, chiropractor treatment has absolutely no effect whatsoever. In addition, nearly every patient recovered naturally in 12 weeks. And since nearly every patient recovers naturally, it is a perfect environment for fraud. A chiropractor can do anything, charge money for it, and then claim success. It works exactly like “prayer”.

Religion creates the environment where delusion is the norm. CAM feeds on the delusion, to the tune of billions of dollars per year wasted on treatments that do nothing. This is the danger of delusional thinking.

Christianity Johnson on 30 Dec 2008

Religion is ridiculous part 2

If you are a rational person and you look at the news on any given day, you can see the negative affect that religion has on people’s lives. Every day, religion sets society back in ways both large and small. Here are several recent examples of hatred and stupidity from the world of religion:

1) Taleban threaten to blow up girls’ schools if they refuse to close

2) Fifty women identified and assaulted as “Witches”

3) Pope attacks blurring of gender

4) We’re Witnessing the Return of Religion as a Principle Cause of Warfare

5) A (15-year-old) girl accused of not being a virgin committed suicide

6) An eight-year-old girl who was married off to a 58-year-old must stay with the man until she reaches puberty, a Saudi court has ruled

7) Study: Teenage ‘virginity pledges’ are ineffective + Purity Ball

8 ) Patron Who Complained About Indiana Library Nativity Faces Retaliation

9) Atheists suing to remove religion from inauguration (Why should there need to be a lawsuit to end something so obviously wrong?)

10) For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual


Christianity &Rationals Johnson on 29 Dec 2008


An interesting article on Africa:

As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

The author’s conclusion:

Christianity, post-Reformation and post-Luther, with its teaching of a direct, personal, two-way link between the individual and God, unmediated by the collective, and unsubordinate to any other human being, smashes straight through the philosphical/spiritual framework I’ve just described. It offers something to hold on to to those anxious to cast off a crushing tribal groupthink. That is why and how it liberates.

Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the knowhow that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.

And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete.

Is there another solution?

Judaism &Rationals Johnson on 29 Dec 2008

One person helping in Africa

Stoves help keep Darfur’s women out of harm’s way

Christianity Johnson on 24 Dec 2008

Smile, Laugh

If you need a little laughter during the holiday season, this page can help:

Religious comics

Christianity &Islam &Judaism Johnson on 23 Dec 2008

Reasons to eliminate religion…

There are many reasons why rational people work toward eliminating religion:

1) There is the problem of delusion, where religious people do things that would (in any other context) be considered signs of mental illness. The most prominent of these is the idea of believing in an imaginary being to the point where you feel like you are talking to, and hearing replies from, this being. In the same way that a doctor does not wish to see anyone suffer from an infection, a rational person has the desire to help heal religious delusion, rather than seeing it fester.

2) There is the problem with superstition, where religious people begin to believe in superstitions like prayer. Again, the desire is to heal this behavior, since superstitions help no one.

3) There are the side effects of delusion and superstition. Religious people in large numbers start to believe things, and express those beliefs publicly, even though they are completely wrong. The most obvious of these side effects is creationism as practiced in the United States. In this case, the belief is ridiculous from a scientific standpoint. Therefore, creationists in the millions start to fight against science, to the detriment of all.

4) There is the desire of the religious, if they form a majority, to become theocratic. They want to display their religion publicly. We find things like “in God we trust” on the money, “One nation under God” in the pledge, prayers at public ceremonies, etc. This sort of behavior then leads to denial of free speech rights for non-believers, and ability of non-believers to run for public office, and, in advanced cases, imprisonment and murder of non-believers (not unusual in Islamic countries). You begin to see articles like this: Agnostic’s Guide to Surviving the Bible Belt .

5) There are the behaviors that for unexplainable reasons attach themselves to mainstream religions. These behaviors are abhorrent, and include racism, sexism, bigotry, slavery, etc. Christianity and Islam are both fundamentally sexist, for example.

6) And then there is the violent, extremist side of religion, the best most recent example being 9/11/2001.

Religious violence wreaks of insanity. And that insanity can go in many directions, as demonstrated in today’s topic: Dominionism, aka reconstructionism:

Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence

Generally, Reconstructionism seeks to replace democracy with a theocratic elite that would govern by imposing their interpretation of “Biblical Law.” Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy but many of its manifestations, such as labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Women would be generally relegated to hearth and home. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality.

Reconstructionism has expanded from the works of a small group of scholars to inform a wide swath of conservative Christian thought and action. While many Reconstructionist political positions are commonly held conservative views, what is significant is that Reconstructionists have created a comprehensive program, with Biblical justifications for far right political policies. Many post-World War II conservative, anticommunist activists were also, if secondarily, conservative Christians. However, the Reconstructionist movement calls on conservatives to be Christians first, and to build a church-based political movement from there.

For much of Reconstructionism’s short history it has been an ideology in search of a constituency. But its influence has grown far beyond the founders’ expectations. As Reconstructionist author Gary North observes, “We once were shepherds without sheep. No longer.”

This article talks about a reconstructionist named George Grant:

Huckabee’s radical religious friends

Grant wrote a book entitled, “The Changing of the Guard: The Vital Role Christians Play in America’s Cultural Drama” which contains this quote:

Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less…
Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ.

It is this sort of theocratic insanity that drives rational people to heal the religious of their delusions. Here is one way to think about it: if we can heal the masses of casual believers, it would eliminate the mental ecosystem that supports fringe members like George Grant.

For more information: Why atheists care about religion

If you are a Christian or a Muslim and would like to better understand your delusion, please see:


Christianity Johnson on 22 Dec 2008

The problem with Rick Warren

We have already pointed out one problem with Rick Warren: He is a liar

And another: He is a warmonger

Christopher Hitchens points out still another: If we must have an officiating priest, surely we can do better than this vulgar huckster

Christianity Johnson on 22 Dec 2008

Favorite theist arguments

In the Forums there is a thread that discusses favorite theist arguments for the existence of God. Here is a condensation of the arguments:

1) Without God, life is meaningless and atheists should be “suicidal”
2) Without God, there are no moral standards
3) The Ontological argument (i.e. if we can conceive of God, then God must exist)
4) Pascal’s Wager (i.e. – there is nothing to lose by believing in God, but atheists go to hell if they are wrong)
5) Saying that God is performing miracles, even though there is no evidence
6) The argument from design (i.e. – nature is complicated, therefore it must have a designer)
7) God exist because the bible says so. The bible is accurate because it is God’s message to us.
8) If you do not believe in Jesus you will burn in hell forever
9) God loves you but if you don’t love him your going to hell.
10) The bible is a book of morals.
11) That bible verse directly contradicting what I said doesn’t count because I like this one better.
12) You must be born again to understand the Bible
13) Any Christian who does something bad or doesn’t agree with my specific interpretation of scripture isn’t a True Christian
14) It’s okay that you’re an atheist. God still loves you.
15) I know God exists because I can “feel” his presence.
16) When a kid plays with an imaginary friend, he needs counselling. When people from other religions talk to their own God, they are heretic. But when I talk to God, I am being religious.
17) Original sin (i.e. – a “just and fair” God punishes everyone for something that they didn’t do)
18) That an omnipotent being would create worshipers, hide, then expect faith
19) Science is constantly being revised, ergo it must be wrong
20) All science has is THEORY, when you have some LAWS come talk to me
21) If there wasn’t a flood, how do you explain the seashells on top of Mount Everest?
22) God works in mysterious ways.
23) God causes all blessings (but none of the problems)
24) You can’t see the wind, but it exists. God is just like that.

On evolution:
1) Evolution violates the 2nd law of Thermodynamics.
2) Carbon 14 dating is worthless.
3) Evolution can’t make something as complicated as life, because it’s random.
4) Evolution is a crock because you don’t know what started life.
5) Evolution is a crock because you don’t know if the Big Bang is true.
6) There is no way a Fish can evolve into a Man!
7) If evolution is real, why are there no transitional fossils?
8) Natural process can’t result in an increase in information
9) Anthropic Principle (i.e. universal concepts are set so that life/humans can exist)

This video is called “Top 25 Creationist Fallacies”:

Christianity &Science Johnson on 19 Dec 2008

Science Moment – Understanding Evolution

Here is an enlightening video series that explains evolution in simple terms. Part 5 is particularly interesting:

If you find that interesting, start the series with part 1: Facts Of Evolution – (Chapter 1 of 6)

A quote from Chapter 1:

Every living thing on earth is related to every other living thing on earth. A common misconception is that some modern species are descended from other modern species. This is rarely the case. Instead, closely related modern species descended from a common ancestor, that is neither one or the other. Humans did not come from chimps. Both humans and chimps came from a creature that had more primitive deatures than either modern humans or modern chimps.

If it is to be called Science, it must be testable. And for almost 150 years, the research community has done every test imaginable to examine evolution and common descent. And for 150 years, not a single test has ever failed to validate that all life on earth comes from one common ancestor.

In other words, evolution is a proven fact. The evidence is undeniable.

Where did life start? Why would life start? Why does life continue? How can life become more complex over time? Here is one way to think about it:

Why Life Originated (And Why it Continues)

In their study, which is published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, the researchers considered a primordial pool that contained some basic compounds. By reacting with one another and coupling with an external energy source such as the Sun, the compounds formed a chemical system. The compounds continually engaged in chemical reactions, thriving the most when capturing and distributing more and more of the Sun’s energy in the quest for a steady state. The evolutionary process was and still is non-deterministic, even chaotic, since the energy flows create energy differences that in turn affect the flows.

Due to random variations stemming from the chemical reactions, some novel compounds may have emerged in the primordial system. Some of these compounds (such as those involving carbon) might have been exceptionally good at creating energy flow, enabling the system to diminish energy differences very efficiently and reach a higher level of entropy.


The scientists give several examples of mechanisms associated with life that increase entropy. For instance, when systems (e.g. molecules) become entities of larger systems (e.g. cells) that participate in larger ranges of interactions to consume more free energy, entropy increases. Genetic code might have served as another primordial mechanism, acting as a catalyst that could increase energy flow toward greater entropy. Today, complex organisms have cellular metabolism, which is another mechanism that increases entropy, as it disperses energy throughout the organism and into the environment. The food chain in an ecosystem is another example of a mechanism for transferring energy on a larger scale.

In this sense, life is a very natural thing, which emerged simply to satisfy basic physical laws. Our “purpose,” so to speak, is to redistribute energy on the Earth, which is in between a huge potential energy difference caused by the hot Sun and cold space. Organisms evolve via natural selection, but at the most basic level, natural selection is driven by the same thermodynamic principle: increasing entropy and decreasing energy differences. The natural processes from which life emerged, then, are the same processes that keep life going – and they operate on all timescales.

Christianity Johnson on 18 Dec 2008

God is love??? Anyone can see that God is hate.

How badly can religion bend a person’s brain? There is no better way to see how far the bending can go than to have a religious person expound on “God’s love.” Here Billy Graham tries his hand at it:

God loves us despite our sins

A reader writes to Billy with this question:

DEAR DR. GRAHAM: A friend of mine claims the Bible says that God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people when they get out of line. Is this true? I’m not sure I want to believe in God if He is like that. — K.R.

Billy opens his answer this way:

No, this is not what the Bible teaches about God. Instead, it tells us that God is merciful and loving, and He is far more patient with us than we’ll ever deserve. The Bible says, “You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Nehemiah 9:17).

The book of Nehemiah is in the old testament. This is the same testament where God (according to the Bible, but not in reality) kills nearly every human and animal on the planet with a gigantic, violent flood. The same testament that tells us to kill our fellow man for the slightest offenses. The same testament that promotes slavery and turns women into property. Some choice quotes from God in the Old Testament:

Genesis 6:

So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”

Isaiah chapter 13:

Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.

Deuteronomy 22:

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

Exodus Chapter 21:

If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.

Exodus 35:

For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.

Deuteronomy 22:

If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.

Where might anyone get the impression that “God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people when they get out of line???” Perhaps from reading the Bible.

Then Billy turns to the New Testament:

But God loves us despite our sins! He made us, and He knows that when we live apart from Him, we’ll always be empty and unfulfilled inside. Our greatest need is to know God — and God wants us to know Him! And He has done everything that was necessary to make this possible. He did this by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.

Jesus is a “complete sacrifice for our sins” unless we choose not to believe in Jesus. In that case, we get sentenced to eternal torture in the fires of Hell. How loving! Jesus also offers loving advice like this in Matthew 5:

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

To believe that God is love, someone has to somehow redefine love as “eternal torture for billions of people”. Only the delusion of religion would allow someone to redefine love in this way.

To every rational person, it is obvious that K.R. is absolutely right: God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people. Anyone who reads the Bible can see that. Anyone with common sense can see that God is hate, not love.

If you are tired of believing in such a ridiculous, hateful “god”, this book can help:


Christianity &Islam &Science Johnson on 17 Dec 2008

Why are we here?

As a followup to the post, Real Answers to Meaning-of-life Questions, these videos feature Richard Dawkins answering the question, “Why are we here?”

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

It starts out like this:

The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. We may be unique. And of all our remarkable properties, one stands out. It is that we are restlessly drawn to ask questions like, “Why are we here?” What is the purpose of life?

He answers these questions in this way:

Technology is human goal-seeking writ large. And once human beings set themselves to a goal, they force the pace of evolution themselves. This is an entirely new kind of evolution: Non-genetic evolution. Advancing at a speed that may be a million times faster than the genetic evolution it resembles.

We see its product everywhere, in the technology of the modern world. We have built a technological world that lets us move far beyond the dictates of nature, and it allows us to do astonishing things. We alleviate hunger with new strains of crops. We predict the weather with high speed computers, and cure diseases with pharmaceuticals. Through technology we have filled the world with purposeful creations.

But technology does something else. It breeds an odd habit of thought. An animal who invents will look at the world in a far different way than any other animal. We see the world through purpose-colored spectacles.

Because we create things for a purpose, in the past we assumed that there was purposeful design in nature too. There wasn’t, as it happens. It took Darwin to realize this. He looked deep into the heart of nature and discovered a beautiful mechanism which blindly simulates the illusion of purpose. For the first time, an evolved creature had seen beneath nature’s veil, and worked out what nature was really up to. It is this spirit of inquiry that drove Darwin that gives our life meaning, and still drives us today.

Powered by our technical capacity, our flexible behavior and our rapid communication of new ideas, we have burst out beyond the confines of our atmosphere to explore new worlds. And our minds have ventured even further. We have looked across the deserted vacuum of space to distant galaxies. Which means we have looked backwards in time to the very birth of the universe and of time itself. At the other extreme we have looked deep into the atom, at the strangeness of subatomic particles. And most amazing of all we have dissected the living cell, finally unraveling the digital codes of the genes themselves. And still we are not satisfied.

We reach out in our search for meaning, until we suddenly realize that it is we who provide the purpose in a universe that would otherwise have none. Nothing else can do it, at least nothing that we know of.

In a small, otherwise unimportant corner of the universe, a birth is celebrated: the birth of deliberate purpose, planning, design, foresight. For all we know, it may be an unprecedented event. We have no evidence that it has ever occurred anywhere else, and after we are gone, it may never happen again.

We can leave behind the ruthlessness, the waste, the callousness of natural selection. Our brains, our language, our technology make us capable of forward planning. We can set up new purposes of our own. And among these new goals can be the complete understanding of the universe in which we live. A new kind of purpose is abroad in the universe. It resides in us.

To learn more, see The meaning of life for details.

Islam &Rationals Johnson on 16 Dec 2008

Why isn’t there a meeting place and leader for rational people at Duke?

You would think that a university would be one of the most rational places on earth. But at Duke University we see movement in the opposite direction. The university is now promoting the belief in yet another imaginary being:

Duke’s new Muslim chaplain

The article opens:

In September, during the month-long fast of Ramadan, Muslim chaplain Abdullah Antepli arranged nightly meals to break the daily fast for Duke University’s estimated 500 Muslim students, faculty members and workers — a feat never before tried at this Gothic-looking university founded by Methodists.

In December, on the last day of classes, he led Muslim students into a home of their own, a 1,400-square-foot bungalow on the central campus that will serve as the Center for Muslim Life, a place where students can pray, study and eat pizza late into the night.

The Muslims now have their own chaplain and their own building on campus. This event is such a big deal that it was announced on the front page of the Sunday paper.

Duke already has a Christian chaplain who promotes “the God we so deeply hunger for.” (Not to mention the huge cathedral and the divinity school). And there’s the Freeman Center for Jewish Life to promote all things Jewish.

But there is no building or leader for rational people. No meeting hall, no programs and no free pizza to promote rationality and welcome new converts to the rationality we so deeply hunger for. A search of Google yields nothing at all.

Why not? Why isn’t there a leader and meeting place for rational people? There are certainly more rational people than Muslims at Duke. And since rational people are known to be the most despised group in America, it is the rational people who need the most support for their despised viewpoint.

So how about it Duke? Why not create a well-funded Center for Rational Life? As the new chaplain points out:

“American Islam is an emerging cultural identity,” he said. “Muslim chaplains have a significant role to play in negotiating this identity.”

Rationality is also an emerging cultural identity.

Christianity &Islam Johnson on 15 Dec 2008

Religion is Ridiculous

If you are a rational person and you look at the news on any given day, you can see the negative affect that religion has on people’s lives. Every day, religion sets society back in ways both large and small. Here are several recent examples of hatred and stupidity from the world of religion:

1) Faith Healing Parents Assert Religious Rights

2) Atheist may sue if law on Las Vegas officiants won’t change

3) Islamic governments are expected to join with the Vatican in protesting against a French-backed declaration in the UN General Assembly that calls for the decriminalisation of homosexuality worldwide

4) Salvation Army Captain to be Fired for Marrying Non-Member

5) Vatican condemns embryo stem cell research, cloning

6) Principal Kevin Bezy says the student’s piece on evolution needs to be revised.

7) Fox’s Gretchen Carlson: “I’m all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th”

8) She’s going to Hell

9) Blind man’s guide dog barred from restaurant for offending Muslims

10) More Americans Believe in the Devil, Hell and Angels than in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

There is nothing that society gains from this kind of hatred and stupidity.

If you are a Christian or a Muslim who would like to exit the world of hatred and stupidity for the greener pastures of rationality, this book can help:


Christianity Johnson on 12 Dec 2008

Real Answers to Meaning-of-life Questions

In this article, Mark Gellman of “The God Squad” tackles the meaning of life for a woman who is obviously suffering from depression:

Only you can decide if this life has meaning

The woman asks, “What is real to me is seeing my father-in-law in that nursing home wasting away, watching my own father suffer with Alzheimer’s, watching the people around me growing old and dying. These things make no sense to me. What I can’t understand is why we’re here in the first place… What’s the point?

Gellman’s answer:

You know that questions like yours about the meaning of life, questions about why good people suffer, questions about whether there is justice for the wicked, questions about life after death, or why people fall in love, or who put the bop in the bop-shuwop-shuwop, can’t be answered.

Can’t be answered? What an amazing cop-out. Gellman is completely wrong. To answer these questions, all that is needed is a clear look at the reality that is all around us.

Is there life after death? Of course not. This post addresses it as simply as possible by stating, “Why do we wonder where our mind goes when the body is dead? Shouldn’t it be obvious that the mind is dead, too?” See also, When you die, you die

Is there justice for the wicked? Here on earth there is. It is called the justice system. Wicked people who are judged to have broken laws go to jail or prison.

Why do good people suffer? Because bad things happen to everyone at the same statistical rates. See Why do bad things happen to good people? for details.

What is the meaning of life? You give your life its meaning. See The meaning of life for details.

If you are looking for clear, unambiguous answers to Meaning-of-life questions, this free online book can help:


Christianity Johnson on 11 Dec 2008

Amazing prayer statistics

How many adults in the U.S. pray? According to this article, the number is an astounding 90%:

Study analyzes why people pray

Why are they praying? About half of those adults are asking for something:

the prayers fell into one of three categories — about 28 percent of prayers were requests of God, 28 percent were prayers to both thank and petition God, while another 22 percent of the prayers just thanked God.

Think about that. We can easily see that God doesn’t answer prayers with the simple observation that God won’t heal amputees. We can back that up with other observations as well as scientific research. It is obvious to every rational person that prayer is nothing but an elaborate superstition. Yet 90% of adults participate in this superstition.

If you are in the 90% and would like to instead become rational, this book can help:


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