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    Atheists praying

    A new poll of people in Britain found that roughly one in five[1] non-believers there admit that they pray -- especially during a crisis. This sort of agrees with findings by the Pew Research Center which a couple years ago found that nearly 6% of American atheists pray every day and 11% pray weekly or monthly.

    This causes me to wonder why these atheists pray if they claim that God does not exist.

    The new poll was conducted by ComRes (a market research consultancy headquartered in London and one of the country's best known pollsters) at the behest of Tearfund (a Christian charity involved in alleviating world poverty).









    1. Although The Independent says it's "around 24%" and then later says "as many as one in five" and the Daily Mail reports "One in four atheists or agnostics." Taking a quick look at the raw data from ComRes, suggests that 20% is correct (page 21).
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    Maybe a "just in case" strategy?

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    Couldn't hurt right?

    I was an atheist because I believed the world was a godless world, but I sometimes wondered if it wasn't, and sometimes when I wondered I prayed. I mean if God exists, and I want to know that, I should pray to get in contact with Him.

    That was my thought process at least.

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    I prayed even when I was more or less a quasi pantheist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    I prayed even when I was more or less a quasi pantheist.
    Did you pray to yourself?
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    Did you pray to yourself?
    No. I had the idea that God existed I just thought he was more of an impersonal actor or that he preferred to act as a force.

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    I remember a number of times in my rebellion when I was younger praying, "OK, God, if you're real....."

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    Considering that the time that they seem to have prayed most often -- in times of a crisis or emergency -- seems to lend support to the old adage about there being no atheists in foxholes.

    I'm always still in trouble again

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Considering that the time that they seem to have prayed most often -- in times of a crisis or emergency -- seems to lend support to the old adage about there being no atheists in foxholes.
    Tending to lend support is no match for direct contradiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lao tzu View Post
    Tending to lend support is no match for direct contradiction.
    And yet 20% of British non-believers openly acknowledge that they do upon occasion pray -- especially when faced with a crisis or emergency.

    I'm always still in trouble again

    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" -- starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)

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