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The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

Albert Einstein
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Flat Earth nonsense

A bit of history: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/history/

Daylight: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/daylight/

Gravity: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/gravity

Movement: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/movement

The Solar Flashlight model: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/solar-flashlight-model/

Christian nonsense

The Messiah: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/the-messiah/

The Son of God: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/son-of-god/

Yahweh the hater: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/yahweh-the-hater/

Questions about the Passion story: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/questions-about-the-passion/

The story of the flood is a fairy tale: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/flood-is-a-fairy-tale/

The story of the creation is a fairy tale: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/story-of-the-creation-is-a-fairy-tale

The biblical chronology is false, Part 1: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/2019-06-30-biblical-chronology-part-1/

The biblical chronology is false, Part 2: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/2019-09-14-biblical-chronology-part-2/

Creationist nonsense

What is creationism: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/what-is-creationism/

Creationist geology, part 1: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/creationist-geology-part-1

Creationist geology, part 2: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/creationist-geology-part-2

General religious nonsense

The efficacy of prayer: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/the-efficacy-of-prayer

Politics

2 thoughts on “Subject listing

  1. I’m interested in your experiment for the efficacy of prayer, but I’m confused on why the answers are a foregone conclusion and how, even if your supplied answers were correct it would conclusively prove that prayer was not effective in answering spiritual questions.
    Certain the doctrine of each of these fundamentalist religions would dictate those answers, but that’s exactly why prayer is part of what the devotees to each are supposed to practice. Documents and dictates are static, but prayer is meant to be dynamic – to help the person who prays come to understanding of how the writings and traditions apply to them in their circumstances and their time.
    In your experiment, if the subjects are truly praying, they must have an open heart to the voice of their God. If they are open to whatever answer is given, it may be quite different from the traditional doctrine and fundamentalist ideas they have been taught to believe.
    I know this because I’ve done this experiment in my own life. I found something rather than nothing. I was not talking to myself because I gained deep understanding that I hadn’t had prior to the exercise. I also gave up affiliation with my fundamentalist Christian church and adherence to the traditional doctrines because I reached a different conclusion than their interpretation of the writings central to that religion. But my actions and ‘faith’ if you will are still deeply aligned with the spiritual and moral teachings of that religion, and scholars I’ve spoken with in depth usually try to conclude that I am as much or more in line with Biblical teachings and principles than most Christians.
    So my point is, until you try the experiment with people who are willing to listen to and report what they learn and hear instead of reaching foregone conclusions, you can’t reach your foregone conclusion about the efficacy of prayer.
    I’m sure you’ve heard the quote of ‘Seek and you shall find…’ I sought and I found, though it wasn’t quite like I would have expected. But part of seeking is setting aside expectation and letting the answer come freely and having an open mind and heart to accept and follow the answer when presented.
    Thanks for the provocative topic and for stating your views clearly here. It’s interesting to contemplate and to continue to listen and learn.

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  2. Very well, then let’s add one additional question: “When you pray, do you open your heart to whatever God tells you?” But I’m pretty sure that Michael Ben-Ari, head of Jewish Power, Pat Robertson, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Russell M. Nelson, president of the Mormon church, would all answer “Yes, absolutely!!”

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