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(Washington Post)   Some athiests benefit from praying. No word on if they benefit from Christmas gifts from Santa, or Easter eggs from the bunny   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 26
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2013-06-26 09:54:14 AM
Jesus Christ, not this shiat again!
 
2013-06-26 09:55:33 AM
Holy Mackerel! Not this again.
 
2013-06-26 09:55:48 AM
Unlikely tag on vacation?
 
2013-06-26 09:55:57 AM
Fark echos.
 
2013-06-26 09:56:27 AM
athe*I*sts for Chriss'sake!
 
2013-06-26 09:57:38 AM
O Science, thank you for this bountiful genetically-modified meal, our health provided by modern medicine and trained doctors, and the love we share so that our genetic material may survive for centuries. QED.
 
2013-06-26 09:58:23 AM
The Universe can heeeaaaarrr yoooouuuuu.
 
2013-06-26 10:00:15 AM
  Yea, admit this good and decent woman into thine arms in the flock in thine heavenly area, up there. And Moab, he laid its down by the band of the Canaanites, and yea, though the Hindus speak of karma, I implore you: give her... give her a break
 
2013-06-26 10:00:18 AM
Holy Toledo! This story again?
 
2013-06-26 10:01:04 AM

Dancis_Frake: athe*I*sts for Chriss'sake!


Let's all pray for subby to get spell check.
 
2013-06-26 10:01:27 AM
Meditation, prayer, deep breathing, whatever.  It lets you calm down and focus your thoughts.  Nothing magical about it.
 
2013-06-26 10:01:48 AM
Meditation != Prayer. That is all, Breckinridge.
 
2013-06-26 10:03:14 AM
dollarsandsense.org

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2013-06-26 10:03:42 AM
www.gonewiththetwins.com

Even with all of your technology, you still choke on a cherry pit, atheist.
 
2013-06-26 10:03:44 AM
Having a routine can help you structure and organize your goals. For this guy it was some faux prayer ritual. For someone else it could be singing Mary Had a Little Lamb while climbing the 200 steps to your office each morning. Whatever works. Just as long as you aren't terrorizing your children with threats of eternal damnation if they lie about taking a cookie.
 
2013-06-26 10:04:34 AM
Considering how many Christians snub their nose at pretty much every single teaching of Christ, I don't find it all that surprising if atheists behave in a way somewhat Christian.
 
2013-06-26 10:05:35 AM
There were some Mormon's that led a general prayer outside the other day between me and a friend so I'm getting a kick out of this headline.
/But I'm agnostic.
 
2013-06-26 10:05:53 AM
Praying is a form of meditation. Meditation has health benefits, that's why it was invented, and the societies that practiced it are still around, while those that sat and stared at each other are extinct. Religious ritual was necessary for the survival of our species. It allowed early humans to gather together for some reason other than genetic resemblance, promoting larger societies beyond the family bond.

Religion is in the process of being replaced by the State. The State will be ultimately replaced by some other structure, perhaps social networking? Corporations?
 
2013-06-26 10:12:17 AM

mccallcl: Praying is a form of meditation. Meditation has health benefits, that's why it was invented, and the societies that practiced it are still around, while those that sat and stared at each other are extinct. Religious ritual was necessary for the survival of our species. It allowed early humans to gather together for some reason other than genetic resemblance, promoting larger societies beyond the family bond.

Religion is in the process of being replaced by the State. The State will be ultimately replaced by some other structure, perhaps social networking? Corporations?


I'm thinking Lord Humongous.
 
2013-06-26 10:14:40 AM
FTA:  "If you say, 'I ought to have more serenity about the things I can't change,' versus 'Grant me serenity,' there is a humility, a surrender, an openness. If you say, 'grant me,' you're saying you can't do it by yourself."

AA does not require a belief in God, rather a belief in a higher power.  There's a difference.  One of the primary functions of a religion, whether it's man made or whether there truly is a higher power who gave it to us, is to explain the inexplicable.  When we think we have figured it all out and don't need to acknowledge any kind of higher power, we have succumbed to a form of narcissism.  One doesn't have to know many narcissists to understand how damaging it is to themselves and their relationships.

This fellow Gold seems to be pretty level-headed and pragmatic about it.  He's not ready to buy into religion but he realizes that he isn't the end all, be all, know all that he used to think he was.  And not only is his life better, his relationships with his wife and kids are better.  So leave all the snark against religion outside (because he doesn't believe in it anyway) and explain to me how Gold's acknowledgement of a higher power, or even his acceptance of a bit of humility in his life, is a bad thing?  For him, his wife, or his kids.
 
2013-06-26 10:14:55 AM

LandOfChocolate: Holy Toledo! This story again?


It's a Festivus miracle!
 
2013-06-26 10:15:24 AM

mccallcl: perhaps social networking? Corporations?


1) A luke-warm bucket of slood?
2) The hints above were meant to indicate that this is a repeat submission

/Meditation was invented? Who holds the IP!? - Trick question - It's AG Bell. It's always AG Bell.
 
2013-06-26 10:16:48 AM
aka meditation

I think the benefits have been verfied.

/but go ahead, if it feels better, call it praying
 
2013-06-26 10:27:06 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: Meditation was invented? Who holds the IP!?


Fine, "began to be practiced".
 
2013-06-26 10:32:57 AM
I love the statistic of "14% of atheists believe in a god".

Um... isn't not believing in a god pretty much the only criteria you have to meet to call yourself an atheist?

Maybe they meant to say 14% of people who consider themselves non-religious believe in a god, that would make sense but yeah, atheism doesn't work that way!
 
2013-06-26 11:15:05 AM

mccallcl: Religion is in the process of being replaced by the State. The State will be ultimately replaced by some other structure, perhaps social networking? Corporations?


We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.
 
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