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17-04-2013, 09:27 AM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:39 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

Hitchens talks about this in "Mortality"

Basically, it doesn't matter who says they are praying for me, I don't care. I would simply ask them what they are praying for specifically though.

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17-04-2013, 10:10 AM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
With apologies, I'm seeing this thread for the first time and wanted to respond for myself first, then see what everyone else wrote. I know I run the risk of repeating what others have said, but I hope you'll all forgive me for that.

(16-04-2013 02:39 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

Are you asking if he wants to pray out loud over me? I politely decline with a "as much as I appreciate it, I'd prefer it if you kept your thoughts between you and God." If that's what he was going to do in the first place, then I express my appreciation for the kind thoughts. Under normal circumstances, I would see no need to make an issue of it.

Quote:2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

I don't think my answer changes based on my judgment of the character of the person doing the praying.

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17-04-2013, 10:25 AM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(17-04-2013 09:25 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  How come you're not responding to all this, KC? I wanna give you more shit. Angel

lol not much to say.

When someone answers the question, that's pretty much the period.

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17-04-2013, 10:27 AM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(17-04-2013 10:25 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(17-04-2013 09:25 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  How come you're not responding to all this, KC? I wanna give you more shit. Angel

lol not much to say.

When someone answers the question, that's pretty much the period.

Evasion. Typical theist bullshit. Angel

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17-04-2013, 07:04 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(17-04-2013 10:25 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(17-04-2013 09:25 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  How come you're not responding to all this, KC? I wanna give you more shit. Angel

lol not much to say.

When someone answers the question, that's pretty much the period.

Yabut, what is YOUR answer to the questions? Hmmm?

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17-04-2013, 07:32 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:39 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

Ignore it, ignore it. Respond, "Thanks," or something and forget it. It's about as meaningful as a like on Facebook, perhaps less.

Unless they're praying *because* I'm an atheist and they're obnoxious about it, in which case I would tell them to fuck off.

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17-04-2013, 07:39 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
In both cases they can pray for whatever they want, doesn't mean a thing to me.
However, this is how I might react to each case:

1. Praying certainly doesn't affect their reputation. Instead, it reminds me that the planet is absolutely covered with lazy, unimaginative fools, who would rather do nothing about a problem than attempt to fix it.

2. Praying may negatively impact my view of this person, if I had previously thought they were intelligent.
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17-04-2013, 07:58 PM
Atheists. Please answer these questions.
Pretty much what Vosur said (all hail Vosur, Lord of the Hive Mind.....nnnnnnnn).

I try to be very careful because the majority of theists I know are family. As to folks who I generally consider with disdain, these must be few because I can think of none at the moment. I usually try not to judge folks too harshly.

Oh wait, I thought of one: Pat Robertson. I might kick him in the nuts.
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17-04-2013, 08:22 PM
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Blue.

Thanks for asking KC. I have a prominent concern with your two questions.

The focus is on prayer - a religious act. Whether or not I like the person will not keep my mind from rejecting it. If I'm comfortable enough with the person (whether I like them or not) I might openly say it. If I'm not, I'll probably ignore it by changing the subject awkwardly and embracing as in "thanks for the offer, but I don't believe in the power of prayer" would be said depending on if I'm comfortable or not with the person (whether I like them or not).

A religious act is a religious act. What makes you think/feel the reputation has anything to do with how I would react?

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