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Prayer in a Pandemic: What’s the Point? A Response to Atheist’s Viral Post

Prayer in a Pandemic: What’s the Point? A Response to Atheist’s Viral Post


Via: Donald J. Trump Fan #1  •  231 comments  •  28 minutes ago
Atheists have been using this pandemic to attack the existence of God and or challenge whether He is good.  They have openly mocked Christianity and questioned the value of prayer. Theyare wrong.  
Apr 06 2:42pm @1.1.110 "..." A meaningless declaration in lieu of a direct, factual rebuttal.   You can stand by your comments ad infinitum but that will not make them true.
Apr 06 2:37pm @1.1.107 You could offer a rebuttal.   But you do not do so. You could ask Gordy for clarification.  But you do not do so. You have nothing.
Apr 06 2:34pm @1.1.106 "..." I am rebutting your claim that Gordy declared with certainty that prayer cannot help fight the spread of COVID-19.   His declaration of certainty was that the cases are increasing; not that...
Apr 06 2:26pm @1.1.104 "..." I repeatedly asked you a direct question that would set the record straight on what you meant.  You chose to deflect, complain, go personal, etc.   That is your failure. Here, I am...
Apr 06 2:02pm @1.1.101 "..." Looks to me as though you wish to simply declare that you are right.   Sorry, that is not how it works.   You cherry-pick one sentence from Gordy's opening comment ignoring the context and...
Apr 06 1:51pm @1.1.98 "..." You are putting words in his mouth: "..." Where does he claim this is proof?   He is talking about statistics and trends.   The evidence shows ... These are observations as of today....
Apr 06 1:37pm @1.1.95 "..." How ironic that you deem my explanations of the obvious to be word games. "..." Wrong, Gordy wrote that the evidence suggests COVID-19 cases are not diminishing due to prayer.   He is...
Apr 06 1:31pm @1.1.94 "..." A claim of certainty means declaring something to be truth.   Evidence suggesting a conclusion is not a claim of certainty, it is an observation.   A claim of certainty in this case would...
Apr 06 1:10pm @1.1.88 "..." Of course he cannot prove that.  But he never claimed as a certainty that prayer is not helping COVID-19 cases.   He stated that the evidence suggests that prayer is having at best no...
Apr 06 1:04pm @1.1.86 "..." If you think Gordy made a claim of certainty then you do not understand what he wrote.
Apr 06 11:28am @1.1.79 Gordy's point is that the evidence suggests prayer is not helping and, in fact, suggests it is worsening the situation.   He is not claiming this as a certain fact.   He is stating the obvious — if...
Apr 06 11:21am @2.1.18 Some complain when challenged to back up their claims of certainty (e.g. 'COVID-19 is the result of sin') and then turn around and magically translate stated opinions of others into claims of...
Apr 06 2:06am @1.1.73 "..." Do you think that praying to God for divine favors is logical or do you think it is silly (per @ 1.1.4 — "... a wishing well ...")?
Apr 06 2:05am @9.1.7 "..." No.  If God exists and is as you define Him, then if God wants this pandemic to run for a particular course there is absolutely nothing science will be able to do.   God makes all the...
Apr 06 1:52am @7.1.35 "..." I am not telling you what you believe (strawman), I am pointing out the contradiction in what you have claimed.   And it does not matter to me if you respond.  If I disagree with something...
Apr 05 8:44pm @9.1.2 The hope comes from scientists and engineers who will find a cure and make it available for mass distribution.   The hope then rests on the political forces to ensure the distribution actually...
Apr 05 8:41pm @7.1.31 So God is in charge of everything, knows everything that will happen before it happens, has the power to prevent things like COVID-19, but God really is not ultimately responsible for COVID-19?...
Apr 05 8:14pm @7.1.29 "..." By this (assuming you read before copying and pasting the words of others) do you recognize that COVID-19 exists because God (as you define 'God') knowingly allowed it to manifest and...
Apr 05 6:49pm @2.1.16 "..." That is demonstrably false; evidenced by the abundance of religious declarations on this site (mostly from you in fact). Proselytization is against the CoC and is subject to deletion....
Apr 05 4:15pm @1.1.52 I have asked you the same direct question twice and you deflect both times: Do you think that praying to God for divine favors is logical or do you think it is silly (per @1.1.4 — "... a wishing...
Apr 05 4:05pm @1.1.49 Repeatedly labeling Sandy obtuse and repeatedly claiming she is lying accomplishes nothing of value.   Instead of dodging and attacking, you could have simply set the record straight. Do you think...
Apr 05 3:41pm @2.1.11 Then show me with a link to prove you are not just making this up.
Apr 05 1:31pm @7.1.25 I suppose if I put forth claims that I could not support I might be frustrated by challenges.   But, then again, I would not knowingly put forth grand claims that I could not defend.  But that is...
Apr 05 1:20pm @7.1.23 "..." Have you noticed 'atheist seeds' here?    There is an occasional article offered that would qualify as an 'atheist article' but they are rare.   Compare that now with the steady stream of...
Apr 05 1:45am @2.1.7 Why would you ask Gordy to do that?   Has he claimed there is no God?
Apr 04 10:52pm @2.2.9 As evidenced by the abundance of claims made and the complaints that these claims are challenged.   If these claims are censored then they would not exist to be challenged.
Apr 04 10:49pm @1.1.13 "..." Uh huh.   Here is your entire comment @1.1.4: "..." I noted that there are indeed many people who pray to God for divine favors: "..." Atheists do not usually pray so these folks...
Apr 04 10:34pm @2.2.7 I am not the one complaining.  I offered a remedy for your complaints.
Apr 04 10:00pm @2.2.3 "..." That is a false allegation.   Logical disagreement, debate and challenges is not mockery.   "..." I will continue to be critical of what you post.   You always have the option to post...
Apr 04 8:50pm @1.1.7 If I misunderstood then why not correct my misunderstanding rather than insult my intelligence?
Apr 04 8:23pm @1.1.5 You are mocking many religious people worldwide.   Praying for divine blessings does indeed seem illogical but surely you realize that not everyone prays for guidance and wisdom.   Surely you have...
Apr 04 8:16pm @4.2.1 Nobody is going to read the volume you posted @3.3 so if you have a true point to make, I suggest you express it in a sentence or two. Further I am not here to challenge who you are or what you do...
Apr 04 6:27pm @2.2 "..." When your claims are challenged with logic you claim this is mocking.   Why, then, do you insist on seeding such articles and making these claims of certainty? When you seed and comment in...
Apr 04 5:28pm @4 "..." Indeed. "..." Prayer is comforting; that is probably the end of it.   If someone has any evidence that prayer in some way encourages God to take a different course of action, then let's...
Scripps Research finds ‘possible Achilles heel’ in the coronavirus

Scripps Research finds ‘possible Achilles heel’ in the coronavirus


Via: Split Personality  •  13 comments  •  5 hours ago
An antibody called CR3022, produced by a patient in response to the coronavirus that causes SARS, also binds to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This suggests that there’s a specific region of the virus to target with drugs. (Courtesy of Meng Yuan and Nicholas Wu of the Wilson lab)
Apr 05 12:32am @2.2 ( same here:  Where is Sky Dog?? ) It is thrilling to see scientific research in action.   It certainly brings hope that we can save ourselves from this virus.   Much better to read scientific...
The Arthur Findlay College - A "Hogwarts for Adults"?

The Arthur Findlay College - A "Hogwarts for Adults"?


Via: Krishna  •  64 comments  •  6 days ago
(From our "And Now For Something Completely Different" Dept): The West Wing view of the meadow and Canadian Geese gracing us with their presence. The Large Lounge Arthur Findlay College, Stansted Hall, was gifted to the Spiritualists’ National Union by J. Arthur Findlay, MBE, JP, a former Honorary President of the Union, and in accordance with his wishes...
Apr 01 1:46am @9.1.4 "..." Proof is a pretty high bar.   For me, I begin with the position of skepticism.   Science demonstrates that the most counter-intuitive and crazy things do occur (e.g. superposition) but the...
Apr 01 1:34am @2.1 Did you do this?   If so, what did you discover?