Can Atheists Pray?

| 9/9/2009 5:09:03 PM

Prayer among atheistsListening to a mortar attack in Iraq, Army journalist and avowed atheist Spencer Case felt the urge to kneel down and pray. Later, staring at the stars in the dead of night, he offered this prayer:

Dear God, I have come to the conclusion you probably don’t exist, but I’ve also come to the conclusion that any one view I hold may turn out to be mistaken, however unlikely the odds seem. So if you are there, if I am wrong, you know where to find me.

In an article for The Humanist, Case explores his impulse to pray, in spite of his nonbelief. He concludes that “every serious nonbeliever must take a good hard look at what he or she is walking away from.”

Source: The Humanist 

Image by Khrawlings, licensed under Creative Commons.

9/18/2009 2:03:19 PM

This sounds more like a prayer of an agnostic than an atheist. It begs the question of what one gains by attempting to rule out all possibility of a spiritual life. What is wrong with letting unanswerable questions remain unanswered?

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