RE: Religion and evidence

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 18 Jan 2006 - 17:25:48 GMT

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    At 08:08 AM 1/17/2006 -0800, Richard Brodie wrote:
    >Kate wrote:
    > > Most of all, the best explanation of what happened when I prayed
    > > seemed to be that I was really in some sort of communication with a loving
    >Did you consider the alternative, naturalistic explanation that you had
    >simply discovered the benefit of conscious, purposeful living? Having
    >confidence and clarity about direction in life yields remarkable results. I
    >think for many, belief in God is an effective way to get this confidence and
    >clarity (as well as some very valuable peer support), but no actual God is
    >necessary to produce the results.

    i.e., placebo effect.

    Keith Henson

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