Prayer not helping Rev Dick
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Admittedly, my piece, 'Prayer is pointless' (November 6, 2014), will have absolutely no effect on Christian minds. Pews will be filled with worshippers as customary, and Rev Devon Dick will still have a job. Believers have no need for healthy scepticism.
Tell a Christian that Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Harry Potter exist and he will laugh you to scorn. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bedside was written by an invisible, unproven deity, who will punish him with eternal fire if he fails to accept its every incredible claims, and he requires no evidence.
Is prayer pointless in regards to healing chik-V sufferers? Dick suggested ('Prayer's purpose, November 20, 2014) that I should have done an experiment to support my case. But is an experiment really necessary? With prayers emanating throughout the land, the nation is STILL limping, let alone healed. Clearly prayers are not healing.
Dick mentions that "prayer is to discern the will of God for the common good, others and ourselves". What is the common good? Is it God granting a sunny wedding day for a prospective bride or rain for 100 local farmers on the same day in answer to their prayers. It's tough being God.
Rev Dick is considerate. "I prayed that Lowe writes more reasoned and reasonable articles on religion, and if there is an improvement in his writings, then we can say prayer works again." Dick presumably prays to God to improve his writing. Judging from his present offering, he definitely needs to pray harder.