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Happy National Day of Reason!

May 5, 2011

This is a great day to serve your community. Give blood! Donate food! Or find a top-rated charity and donate online.

While some celebrate the National Day of Prayer, do something useful. Robert Ingersoll said, “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”

The atheist activist JT Eberhard has a wonderful challenge to for those who believe in the power of intercessory prayer:

Before work, I’m going to leave a penny on my back porch.  I’d like every Christian available to pray that at 6:30pm EST that penny elevates off the ground. For those who say that faith can move mountains, this shouldn’t be much of a challenge.  Can all the prayers in the world move something as little as a penny?  I think we all, both atheist and believer alike, know the answer.

However, at 6:35pm, assuming the penny has not been moved, I will reach a single human hand down to the ground, grasp the penny with a mere two fingers, and with the most minimal, single effort, I will do what all the prayers in the world cannot.

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  1. Jonathan permalink

    http://lds.org/scriptures/bd/prayer?lang=eng&letter=p

    “Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.” -LDS Bible Dictionary

    I believe God answers prayers. I can’t imagine why it would be in his will to pick up a penny. Perhaps to prove to all skeptics that he’s really there? That, of course, nullifies the point of having faith.

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