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February 29th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, February 29

By Dan Merica and Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Franklin Graham apologizes for questions Obama’s faith commitment
The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday apologized for publicly raising questions about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, saying “I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”

CNN: Judge’s dismissal of atheist’s harassment claim against Muslim makes waves
A protester who ridiculed the Muslim prophet Mohammed claims he was assaulted by a Muslim who was offended by the stunt, but a judge has sympathized with the alleged perpetrator, in a case that has drawn national attention.

Belief on TV:

Tweet of the Day:

From @latimesreligion: Santa Monica to consider Nativity scene ban at park lat.ms/AEodz3

Enlightening Reads:

Daily Mail: Christianity gets less sensitive treatment than other religions admits BBC chief
BBC director-general Mark Thompson has claimed Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity than other religions because it is ‘pretty broad shouldered’.

Catholic News Agency: New video supports conscience law against HHS mandate
The Catholic Advocate organization has launched a new video in an effort to defend religious liberty against the HHS mandate and rally support for the proposed Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

Sojourners: Eugene Peterson: The Pastor on Preaching, Women Clergy
Today and Wednesday, I have the privilege of attending a private gathering here in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan with Eugene Peterson, the 80-year-old theologian and prolific author best known for his para-translation of the Bible, The Message.

Religion News Service: 10 Commandments judge seeks his old job back
Republican Roy Moore's forced exit, almost a decade ago, as Alabama's chief justice position over a Ten Commandments monument is barely mentioned as he seeks to reclaim the job. Voters don't ask about it, and the two men running against him never mention it.

Quote of the Day:

We have to stop talking about ‘what women feel and are all about’ and start hearing from women and having women as part of the halachic discussion. We need to have women deciding and defining what we want.

Oshra Koren, a Beit Hillel founder and the director of the Matan organization for women’s religious education in Israel’s Sharon region said this in support of women being more involved in Orthodox Judaism.

Opinion of the Day:

The author says the politicization of Christianity is responsible for young people leaving church.

CNN: My Take: Don’t blame college for young people leaving Christianity
Christianity in America is in danger. As former Senator Rick Santorum recently pointed out, young people are leaving the church in droves. The “war on religion” has become a frequent bogeyman among Christian and political leaders. But the reason church leaders have failed to stem the tide of a generation heading for the exit door is that they keep looking for an outside enemy to blame when the biggest problems are inside the church.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Gingrich tells evangelicals: ‘We need to stand up for ourselves’
Vying for evangelical support in the GOP primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum appeared at the same Georgia church on consecutive Sundays.

- Dan Merica

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    September 9, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  2. Answerman28

    Religion would be by far the most embarrasing thing about the human race if it wasn't clearly a neurological disorder. The huamn ego is the reason people refuse to acknowledge the countless civilizations and gods that have come and gone before them. Without atheism, its only a matter of time until religion destroys the world.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:05 am |
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  4. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  5. YOU CAN HEAL THE PLANET BUT FIRST WE MUST HEAL THE PEOPLE

    JESUS IS WITHIN US ALL

    February 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Religion is a disgusting mind virus.
      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  6. Rainy

    To all you nonbelievers, can you imagine a world if the comandments were adhered to?

    February 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Suggestion

      You might post this over under the Jewish School basketball piece. It's lively right now and it's about keeping the sabbath.

      https://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/29/jewish-school-on-track-to-give-up-shot-at-state-championship-to-observe-sabbath/

      February 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • O.S. Bird

      Can you imagine a world where just the believers follow the commandments? Sorry – I was getting a bit silly there, trying to imagine the impossible.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  7. jimtanker

    The judeo xtian god of the jews, xtians, and muslims is a kid with a magnafying glass playing around an ant hill.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      You are misinformed. The God of Christianity and Judaism is not allah. allah is a false god invented by Muslims for Muslims.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • jimtanker

      LOL, you make me laugh. Thats just it, they're all made up. Unless you can give evidence otherwise YOU ARE WRONG.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Flinders the butler

      They ARE the same...the god of Abraham. Yahweh Sabaoth, the "god of the armies". They're all the same nonsense.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      So just sayin has no problem with saying "Allah does not exist" while critizizing athiests for saying "God does not exist"

      February 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
      Stephen Roberts

      February 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      allah and a host of thousands (including Thor, Zeus etc.) do not exist, they are false gods or idols. God exists, as in the first commandment.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • i wonder

      just sayin,

      You probably wouldn't buy a used car from Moses if you ran into him today.

      You don't seem to have much respect for the Middle East - why would you believe stuff that came from those folks when they were primitives? *Anyone* can say that "God" told them this or that. There is no evidence that it really happened.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      @ just sayin. "allah and a host of thousands (including Thor, Zeus etc.) do not exist," I will remember that statement if you ask an athiest to prove God does not exist. First, it can't be done, second you can't prove Allah or any other diety does not exist. I'm not saying that you would commit such a fallacy. Just trying to prevent it from happening.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • SeanM

      No human can prove the existence or non existence of any God or Gods.

      Reason just leads an educated person to see what religion is a way to control people and make money.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • just sayin

      The atheist is the one who thrives on lies and deception. What is has been clearly established since creation in the heart of the created.

      February 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  8. boocat

    If "God" is all powerful and all-knowing, why pray at all?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is talking with God and listening to God. What child does not talk to its parent?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • boocat

      You're answer is non-responsive. Try again.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • just sayin

      To a child a parent is all knowing and all powerful but also loving and a source of learning, the same is true of God. If you are still unable to see the connection I must assume you are beyond learning.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • jimtanker

      "What child does not talk to its parent?"

      What parent locks their child in the basement and sets them on fire for eternity if the child doesnt believe in them?

      February 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • i wonder

      just sayin,

      Listening to "God"? What *exactly* does "he" say to you? What? What?... anything that you don't already know, or that you haven't been taught? Anything that you couldn't dream up, using your imagination?

      You are talking to... and listening to yourself.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • jimtanker

      If you heard a voice in your head and were CONVINCED that it was your god would you take your son out into the wilderness and put a knife in his heart and then set him on fire? If you say yes to this then you need to be committed. If you say no, then you are more moral than any character in your book.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • just sayin

      Wrong analogy. God provides in this life all mankind needs to receive eternal life. If an individual rejects what is offered it is not Gods fault. By rejecting God you consign yourself to your own fate. You may have locked your children in the basement, be assured that I never did.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • jimtanker

      You're more brainwashed than I thought. Just like an xtian to rationalize away any and all contradictions.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      If you mean Christian have the courtesy to write Christian, there is no such thing as an xtian. You don't appear cool you appear ignorant.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • i wonder

      just sayin "there is no such thing as an xtian."

      The facts about that have been explained many times on these boards. Sorry you missed it. You could do your research and find it...

      February 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Of course xtians are real, they celebrate xmas to celebrate the birth of the son of god.

      February 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      Ignorance should never be equated with intelligence. Your credibility diminishes with each lack of courtesy.

      February 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      I find contractions offensive, next time you post, have the courtesy to use the name "just saying".

      February 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      Go screw yourself.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  9. hippypoet

    this question is for al who wish to venture an answer –
    Do you think god is petty?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • just sayin

      If you mean God say God.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Hippy did say god...or did you miss that?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • SeanM

      Just sayin you have made no point.

      Logic and reason are not on your side all you have is an opinion, and so do I you are wrong you have no proof of god. And dont give me that crap I know him in my heart, you only believe because you are scared if you don't you will go to a place called hell.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • boocat

      I'm basing my answer on the bible. In th old testament "god" is angry and vindictive. In the new testament god is pretty much the opposite of those things. Personally, I consider myself a deist in that I believe in a god that manifests itself in the universe and not in a god that is concerned with the day to day doings of man.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Brad

      By petty do you mean unimportant or spiteful?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • hippypoet

      petty as in concern for trivial matters and being spiteful because of those small matters....if god is a god then we humans don't matter in the least, it would be more a game for god to see what we are willing to do in the name of god...ants living they way the will compared to the way god wants and then makes god anger – that would be god being petty! we are the ants.

      so in your opinion, is god petty?

      February 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Brad

      We are independent of God and make choices that God would or would not make. I believe the outcome of that is important to God, not that we behave as proper robots or ants. If all that is true, petty intervention by God would not serve his purpose.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Kenrick Benjamin

      hippypoet- I don't think that God is Petty, I think that because we have free will all actions are subject to consequences, whether Good or Bad.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Jesus

      "hippypoet- I don't think that God is Petty, I think that because we have free will all actions are subject to consequences, whether Good or Bad."

      Not only does the existence of God logically, philosophically and theologically deny the possibility of free will, but the Bible also says that there is no free will! Examining the writings of St Paul, the Biblical books of Ephesians, Romans, 2 Timothy, 2 Thessalonians and Revelations, we see that God's plan overrides our free will; those that do good do the specific good that God predestined them to do, and all others are ruled by Satan because God sends "powerful delusions" to them. The Christian Bible frequently states that God creates our future and decides our fates, no matter what our own will is. It constantly denies that we have free will.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Brad

      "Not only does the existence of God logically, philosophically ... deny the possibility of free will" – let's have a look at that some time.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • just sayin

      god is not God

      February 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Kenrick Benjamin

      Jesus- Of course God override our free will that's why he is GOD.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Interestingly enough, yesterday Brad brought up the Euthyphro Dilema. Either God's will is upholding some fundemental laws of the universe or God made the law. If God just made the rules then they are arbitrary. If God is not upholding a law higher than himself, which would make Him not omnipotent, than it's just God saying, "because I said so". That would make all God's decisions petty.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  10. SeanM

    God does not talk through the bible it was written by men and it is interpreted by men. If god thinks it is so important that we love and worship him I think he could find the time to send a messenger down.

    No a good way to make money and have control over people is through religion. It is okay that you want your life to have meaning when it really doesn't it is okay that the earth is here by chance and not some divine act.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  11. Brad

    My question wasn't all that interesting. What is your question of the day, hippypoet?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • hippypoet

      lol, deflection is fun isn't! i find redirection is better...
      i have no question today – i shall put some thought into it thou.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • hippypoet

      i have thought of a question and i don't wish to cause any anger over the question, so consider this question to stem from a place of opinion even thou it is pretty much spelt out in the bible...

      this question is for al who wish to venture an answer –
      Do you think god is petty?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  12. SeanM

    Another question I use to go to a Catholic church and was told by a sunday school teacher that Pope John Paul II had said that before he died a miracle would happen on earth that would let every one know God exists.

    This did not happen, so the so called holiest man on earth is a liar, that is not good.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • hippypoet

      your right, thats not good, but your also wrong, thats not a question!
      lol

      February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • SeanM

      My question is how could one believe in these stories written by men many years after jesus died.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    February 29, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Jesus

      No it has not been proven. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • just sayin

      Don't study studies, studies are misleading, study God.

      February 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Patrick

      "Don't study studies, studies are misleading, study God."

      All research is based on studies moron it's how we advance ourselves, no wonder you're an idiot.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  14. Brad

    hippypoet brought up an interesting Bible verse, 1 Timothy 2:12, when you look at it together the 'Quote of the Day'. If Paul were alive today, and living as he did before his conversion, where would he fit in among Jews? He said himself "a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless" and "I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers".

    February 29, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • hippypoet

      lol, this is why i stay away from bible quotes.. i always seem to pick good ones and then sparks conversation off of it and i'd rather discuss other things... if everything in the bible is to be truth and or the word of god then how is this not saying that god is se.xist, biased , and a bigot?

      oh thats right, its when we the low creature interpret it that is changes and all the sudden doesn't say that but now something totally different and out of context so bad that its now a different topic entirely! ahhhh!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • J.W

      And Paul said I do not permit a woman to assume authority. He did not even say God does not permit that.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • hippypoet

      we.. J.W paul was/is considered to be the first pope and since they have the ear of god supposedly, one could say by deduction that paul's words were god's words and therefore he had no need to be specific about who premits what...goes without saying was pauls way, or that is what so many would like to think – it gives the ability to "interpret" how you like instead of what was said being what was meant! god forbid right?!?!?!?!?!?

      February 29, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Brad

      I think the first pope was Peter, hippypoet. Paul was never pope. But maybe a Catholic should weigh in...

      February 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • hippypoet

      i really do hate quoting the bible, so instead here is a website that i found to be rather good...some mistakes but for the most part to the point and historically correct – http://www.remnantofgod.org/pope1.htm

      February 29, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Of course, being that the Bible was divinely inspired, anything in the Bible was really God's wors still. Solomon was a wise man who had a lot of great quotes. Rarely would anyone say "well Solomon may have said that, but those are not God's words, even though they are in God's word"

      February 29, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • fred

      Poet
      The Pope typically infers Catholic which I thought was St. Peter. In Rome I note all the glories to Peter and was impresed with the golden chains he was bound up in for the sake of the church. Paul is rolling in his grave over the first catholic church as they went back to the way of the old Jewish Temple leaders and put their priests between God and man. When Jesus died their was no viel over the people as they could pray and talk straight with God. The Jews and Catholics want their priests to be the go to guy with authority.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • J.W

      Yeah I think that the term pope came later. Peter was the first bishop of Rome, but actually James was bishop before Peter was, but I guess Rome is more important than Jerusalem.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • fred

      Brad
      Paul was the first head of the church. The chruch was clusters of believers meeting in homes and where they could because they were in fear of their lives much of the time. This model for the church is in keeping with Christ because it is not the temple or 4 walls that make a church but unity in Christ the head of the church.
      What the Catholics did was put back in place the old system. The Catholics look to St. Peter and that was the "church" which grew into what Luther called the great Satan. Recall that Peter had problems with Paul and Paul set Peter straight and they parted ways. Peter continued to slip back into trying to please the Jewish powers and adopting their old traditions. The Catholic church looks like the child of Peter and they claim it is.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • hippypoet

      fred you first say that peter is the first pope then confirm the paul was the head of the belief factor in the earliest of days – that is what the pope is in essence and that was what i was talking about... i said paul is considered to be the first pope – and this is the reason why... i never said he was the first pope – that is something we can only shoot guesses at.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Brad

      fred

      The question was whether infallibility somehow applies to the writings of Paul. To you and to me, the Catholic hierarchy has no bearing on that.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • fred

      Poet
      Peter was like Bill Gates was to smart phones and Paul would be Steve Jobs. That would make Peter the first “Pope” and Paul the true visionary. Peter used open architecture and brought in the ways of the Jews and Gentiles into the church and Paul remained focused on Christ with a closed operating system.
      When Jesus told Peter when you are old you will be led where you do not want to go could that have been the Catholic Church heading down its pathway of hypocrisy away from the teachings of Christ? I know that is not what most theologians think that verse means but hey,.
      The day of Pentecost is big and that is when the Holy Spirit came on the Apostles. Peter and gang being filled with the Spirit set off preaching in Jewish traditions. The first 5 years of the Christian church they assembled in precincts of the temple and homes to break bread. This makes Peter the “Pope” and as the first “Pope” he was very fallible. Peter thought one had to first become a Jew before one could become a Christian. Peter stayed in Jerusalem which continued to be the church headquarters. Paul later spread the ministry to Rome and earlier called Peter on the carpet regarding Peter’s errors. If the Pope is infallible Peter by the Catholic Church’s own definition could not have been the first “Pope” yet, the Catholic Church clings to Peter.
      The writings and preaching of Paul clearly are in line with what Jesus taught and do not go off message. Peter and the Catholic Church went off message clinging to Jewish traditions which they still do to this day.
      The church is the body of Christ so both Peter and Paul are under Christ with the Holy Spirit as guide. That was Paul’s message so Paul himself would not claim to be the pope but point to Christ as pope or head priest.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  15. Robert Brown

    Our Bible verse poster hasn't posted yet this morning. So, here is one I hope you will enjoy.

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    King James Version (KJV)
    14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Indeed

      Something to look forward to:

      No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
      or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’
      because they will all know me,
      from the least of them to the greatest,”
      declares the LORD.
      “For I will forgive their wickedness
      and will remember their sins no more.”

      Jeremiah 31:34

      February 29, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • hippypoet

      i don't do bible quotes but i do know the shat between its papes... try this on for size: 1 timothy 2:12 🙂 enjoy your god, if your a man, if not then worship and keep your mouth shut! praise be to god... LOL!

      February 29, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Brad

      Certainly a man of his times, was Paul:

      "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. "

      February 29, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Aloha

      @Brad

      Perhaps you could provide a quotation (proof) that this is truly in the Bible (KJV not other versions).

      February 29, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Brad

      Aloha

      The verse in question is 1 Timothy 2:12. "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." (KJV). I originally quoted the NIV 1984 version.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:51 am |
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  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 29, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      Are you really planning on spamming every page of every article with this nonsense?

      February 29, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • just sayin

      Truth will not be mocked but by a fool. Prayer is the act of talking with and learning from God. Prayer and the encouragement to prayer is a foundation of life and freely available to all through Jesus Christ. Post on !

      February 29, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Jesus

      –The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Jesus

      "Truth will not be mocked but by a fool. Prayer is the act of talking with and learning from God. Prayer and the encouragement to prayer is a foundation of life and freely available to all through Jesus Christ. Post on !"

      Posting to yourself shows what a fool you truly are.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • SeanM

      I don't know how this prayer thing works I prayed for an Aston Martin DB9 last night before I went to bed and I got up this morning and still had a Cavalier.

      Could some one tell me what I am doing wrong?

      February 29, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • just sayin

      Praying to satisfy your sin nature is prayer in vain.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is talking with God, no studies are required, no desperation required.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • SeanM

      @just sayin

      But if god loved me he would help me out.

      And when you talk to him what does he say I am very curious about that.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • just sayin

      God confirms His word, the Holy Bible when He speaks, God imparts love and salvation when He speaks, God gives wisdom and inspiration when He speaks. God advances knowledge when He speaks. Ask God yourself in prayer, but get to know Him first.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • SeanM

      od does not talk through the bible it was written by men and it is interpreted by men. If god thinks it is so important that we love and worship him I think he could find the time to send a messenger down.

      No a good way to make money and have control over people is through religion. It is okay that you want your life to have meaning when it really doesn't it is okay that the earth is here by chance and not some divine act.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:39 am |
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