Prayers of Atheists
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 9 September 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 9 September 2012, I answered a question on prayers of atheists.
Is it wrong for an atheist to pray? I used to be a Christian, but I've not believed in God for many years. However, I still pray when I'm under stress, even though I know that it doesn't accomplish anything. What's the harm in praying to a non-existent being?
My Answer, In Brief: It is wrong for an atheist to pray: it's degrading to your integrity, and it's poor thinking.
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