So, you are the arbiter of what prayer is for, suddenly?
According to the bluegenes theory that each and every theist believes in his or her own God, then of course they must decide what that God does or doesn't do, including the question of whether it answers prayers, and if so, under what circumstances.
Theists are creators of Gods, not the other way around.
Then, some of them have the nerve to ask atheists for positive evidence for lack of belief in the figments of their imagination.
Incidentally, I do have strong evidence for the above mentioned theory, although no absolute proof, of course.
Do you really think that prayer done as part of a test like that really counts as prayer.
Sure. Let's take it one step further, though, and we'll keep the prayer group from knowing that they're part of a test. Would that satisfy your objection? Surely if they don't know it's as a part of some scientific test, their prayers will be sincere.
Let's all get together and manipulate God.
But that's exactly what prayer is - a request for intercession. I mean, God wants us to pray for stuff, does he not? Surely it doesn't matter whether or not a guy with a lab coat had something to do with it?
I don't think God hates science, if he exists. Why do you think he does?
Collins is very convincing isn't he?
I don't know anybody who thinks so. "I saw a frozen waterfall and it convinced me of the historical accuracy of the Gospels" is not a compelling argument.
If this world is such a terrible place then why isn't everyone committing suicide?
Plenty of people are. But I don't think the world is a terrible place. It's just a lot worse than it would be if a benevolent, all-powerful deity was running things. Which means it's pretty obvious that that deity isn't running things.
It seems to me that the good far outweighs the bad.
That's just what I'd expect from the no-god universe. From the universe with God? It falls well short.
This isn't all there is.
So why even have this at all, if it represents essentially a zero fraction of our infinite lives?
You've been shown that they aren't. Are you ever going to address those posts?
I did. I pointed out that a crackpot First Cause belief (space aliens) do not negate their evolutionism thereafter. Your question is also a rhetorical point silently attempting to act like the vast majority of Atheists are not evolutionists when they are, silly. You evidently cannot refute.
Then I will promptly point out that all Atheists are evolutionists (= the positive evidence for Atheism).
Are all members of animist tribes evolutionists? If so, they're much more advanced in their thinking than you are. Hardly a compliment to them, I suppose.
Perhaps some people don't believe in your God not because of an evidence question so much as because they don't like the idea of stoning other people to death. Do you often stone people to death? Or have you been lax in following the word of your God?
Then I will promptly point out that all Atheists are evolutionists
Then what about all those atheist that existed before Darwin?
Seriously CFO it sounds like you are behind in your med schedule again, or is attacking and being attacked some odd form of self-validation. And how is that paper coming that is going to destroy the ToE?
Do you ever plan on explaining why positive evidence is needed to not believe in gsddlstlfl?
Why don't you just say that we have no positive evidence and hope that the average person ignores the fact that the vast majority of Atheists are evolutionists and scientists are Atheist-evolutionists.
Evolution claims to be the positive evidence for Atheism. Denial is about as credible as the DI claiming that ID has nothing to say about God. Both theories are all about God in the extreme opposite directions.