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An Octogenarian in the modern world

EFFECTIVE OR NOT?

I saw a tweet by Prof. Dawkins that ridiculed religious people who prayed for the cyclone to change course. Churches often pray for things when proving a link to some divine response is impossible. They must know that, but they still do it. Why? Because you can’t prove prayer works but you can’t prove the reverse either. So you do no harm by saying ‘Amen’ like a good group member when the preacher stops. Some effects of prayer are quite likely. It focuses attention on issues and may inspire  indivual or group action – like able-bodied people helping elderly neighbours with their sandbags. It is not itself ridiculous. Some of the claims made for it are so.

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