There is no god. If there were, you could have straightforward conversations with him whenever you wanted (and thus you could ask him this question, instead of asking it here). And prayer has no confirmed effects other than natural psychological and biochemical effects (such as placebo and anxiety relief), which is equally accomplished by entirely godless meditation.
Is prayer just a way of centering oneself neurochemically (all maintained within the brain alone) or does prayer really connect one with "God"? How does one know if one is really communicating with "God"?
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Given that evolution is a fact and that the evidence for it is incontrovertible, I find it very difficult to understand how religious people, mostly Christians, can deny it. Can you enlighten me?
Answers: Christian, Atheist
If Fitrah means what is natural, and if having circumcision is Fitrah, does that mean that Allah created us in an unnatural or wrong form that we have to fix it by hand?
What happens to people who don't accept what you claim?
Answers: Atheist, Christian
Would you please provide step-by-step logic, or point me to where I might find it, for your statements about atheism and polytheism?
Dr. Carrier, you stated that "all numbers exist" in an infinite quantity, and that something "that has no location exists nowhere and what exists nowhere does not exist". Where exactly do numbers exist (in infinite quantity no less)?
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