Why Prayer Does Not Work – An Atheist View


Even to suggest that atheists have views on certain matters without reason tends to be rather silly. By definition, an atheist does not accept theology and thereby does not accept God as valuable concept. God is not other than product of some sort of mix-up that has occurred and that necessarily imposes certain difficulties when attempting any act of critical thinking for sake of science. And on such scale that the question would even matter to an atheist, it would be implicit that the atheist would be plagued with someone who wants to find out why prayer was rejected. And so it’s almost silly to write such an explanation as we shall so abruptly embark upon, but that’s another story.

Understand that with a wide assortment and cosmology that any particular brand of theism implies, atheism were prone to suffer due to abstraction as definitely troubling in such way that scientific progress were hindered to succeed, basically, from anywhere across such matters of spectrum that lesser microcosm to greater macrocosm implies.

To be brief, belief in God troubles objectivity and impartiality. Although, to be best equipped to handle atheism, one should read actual works of self-claimed atheists such as Bertrand Russell. Should investigation turn up that any particular angel (twice observed) turns out to be something else of specific parameter, identified after-the-fact, then does this fact not further entail disproof?

Prayer does not work, Atheist view of praying

Take, for example, an atheist evaluation of such topic of, “Why prayer does not work.” Any atheist who does not believe in God further has no reason to believe in prayer. And so, why prayer does not work were self-explanatory: If there is no God, then surely there is no point to praying?

Atheism is not an act of faith in religion or God but much more likely to belie bafflement itself. For example, to quote Steven Weinberg, “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil – that takes religion.” [1] To give any atheist full credit, it’s important to understand that there is no perceived rationality to justify that belief in God is necessary.

Those who know of prayer’s necessity and know of belief in God’s necessity – this is a special education class without any particular presumption of meaning.

The only issue that can be at hand is none other than forced integration and any pretentiousness that your all-purpose brand God is the only expressible authority in any matter.

What a silly world it would be for everyone to take the universal attitude, “let God handle it.”

But the fact is not that atheists are prone to reject religion as a legitimate civil institution, and this fact may come together for any atheist who attends regular or occasional Unitarian church services. Nor does being atheist preclude accepting need for any church or civil ceremony – as one may perceive in watching the ceremony of a wedding performed by a secular minister. Note that by using the term, “secular,” it is not in reference to being of a theistic religion.

Atheism is not a predicate of belief if instead it is a tautological adherence to methodology. And seeing that adherence to methodology must surely define any sort of labor, one could project that an atheist must be one whom labors without any sort of break of such quality of vigilance whatsoever. It would, of course, probably be ironic for an atheist to claim that the reason that prayer does not work were because of such fact that prayer relies upon unstated intentions and that any wishes that an atheist could possibly grant in terms of labor or services rendered would be wishes that can’t be granted via prayer.

For the theist, Christian in mind, it were advised that atheism were merely another side show of thee infinite and demonstrative of the greater glory and wonder of Creation, and that any perceived claim of atheism should not lead to spiritual conceit that a claim must be “true” or “false” so in deviance from what were made superlative for being manifest.

As matter of finer points of theology, there is not one type of prayer but rather two. First, there were prayer that befit penitence and there were prayer that befit worship. It is notable that penitent prayer is observably (per inductive method) performed in those most private of available ways and that worship were that point of going to church or keeping to one’s specific dominion such as by leading prayer aloud or in silence before any feast or meal; or otherwise as liberty granted expressly. In terms of God’s works or the kingdom of God, as certain artists would surely acknowledge to constitute credible fare for evaluation, atheists may be interpreted as signature functionaries whose role could be to serve as civil check on imagination done to excess, but unleashed as such, without having set about with working any manifest showing of whatever concern or distress, should such be important to identify.

Awe and denial are generally no substitute for needful action

Lastly, it should be noted that coining any particular -ism (such as atheism or theism) does not in fact legitimize any particular turmoil or trouble that might already be going on. Although there could be any sort of turmoil or personal conflict were consideration to lead to recognition of need outstanding for formal political representation to distinguish supposition or speculation from what were in fact authentic product of any particular uncivil act.

Objecting to prayer says more about the atheist than it does about prayer. But there is also a third sense to the meaning of prayer that is used so, “Prithee, may I have another glass of milk?” that either makes or breaks consent. So, expect any atheist to make a showing of taking up prayer in this sense, because it’s only a polite way of asking for something – and particularly manifest, where it matters.

So, the atheist would explain that prayer does not work because there is no manifest solicitation involved. And that’s the going value of work in terms of a civil definition. Prayer itself does not affect what were manifest in any particular vacuum, and the civil act in question were getting an atheist to commit to such nonsensical notion that prayer were off-limits. Above we have attempted to defend atheism on civil grounds and point out that it’s not a known error and neither a favored personal position. Other atheists are welcome to contribute to any debate on the matter.

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