Washington Post article: Some nonbelievers still find solace in prayer

Some nonbelievers still find solace in prayer

The story has been reposted or quoted on dozens of websites and reprinted in a number of local newspapers across the US and Canada. Here: http://m.onet.pl/wiadomosci/prasa,lxmcv it appears in Polish (I think).

The site where I’ve seen the best comments so far is here: http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?p=9337669

The Huffington Post: Atheist Prayer: Religious Activity Not Uncommon Among Nonbelievers–A Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein spotlighted the fascinating phenomenon of a minority of atheists, agnostics and the religiously unaffiliated who take to prayer, chaplaincy and other commonly religious practices as a way to experience community with others, relax, meditate and connect to something other than the physical. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/atheist-prayer_n_3498365.html

Patheos: Does It Make Sense for Atheists to Pray?–I’ve known for a while that the percentage of people who pray doesn’t necessarily make sense given the percentage of people who are non-religious, but I always reconciled that discrepancy by reminding myself that a lot of non-religious people still believe in a higher power. Now, the Washington Post‘s Michelle Boorstein profiles an atheist who prays to a fictional deity: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/25/does-it-make-sense-for-atheists-to-pray/

Real Clear Science: Even Atheists Benefit from Power of Prayer–Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post–Each morning and night, Sigfried Gold drops to his knees on the beige carpeting of his bedroom, lowers his forehead to the floor and prays to God. In a sense. Read Full Article http://www.realclearscience.com/2013/06/26/even_atheists_benefit_from_power_of_prayer_253702.html?utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=rss

Non Prophet Status: In The Washington Post: Prayer and “True Nonbelief”–Who or what do atheists pray to? To many, the question doesn’t make sense—real atheists don’t pray. Except that many atheists do. The Washington Post wrote this morning about one atheist in particular who followed a rigorous prayer schedule to help him through a 12-step program. That same article sites a Pew Research Center report which found that 17% of atheists and 42% of “nones” pray at least once a month. http://nonprophetstatus.com/2013/06/25/in-the-washington-post-prayer-and-true-nonbelief/

The Muslim Times: Atheist Prayer: Religious Activity Not Uncommon Among Nonbelievers – Survey Report–Why would an atheist — who by definition does not believe in God — pray? A Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein spotlighted the fascinating phenomenon of a minority of atheists, agnostics and the religiously unaffiliated who take to prayer, chaplaincy and other commonly religious practices as a way to experience community with others, relax, meditate and connect to something other than the physical. http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/06/europe/atheist-prayer-religious-activity-not-uncommon-among-nonbelievers#ixzz2XLU6AU49

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2013/07/why-atheists-who-pray-should-still-be-called-atheists/

Lots of interesting comments from incredulous atheists at this Richard Dawkins reposting

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