By Colin Wright on February 28, 2012 | Discuss
In the wake of a school shooting in Ohio, The Christian Post releases an article on how to console teenagers who may be fearful about attending school. The article proposes “five truths” for teenagers to remember in order to help them get through their day and manage their fear. I think they do a pretty good job at outlining the Christian worldview, and exposing its credulous, antiquated, and downright ludicrous belief system.
Truth #1: Pray because God is still in charge and your prayers make a difference.
The author alludes to his reaction to the Columbine shootings, stating:
Although I felt helpless I really wasn’t…because I was praying. Kneeling is our position of strength as believers. When we pray we move the hand that moves the world and it makes a difference.
The first thing I notice whenever theists call for prayer is that they never quite make clear how, exactly, prayer helps anything. They constantly assert things like “prayer makes a difference” and “prayer heals.” The true strength of prayer rests in the fact that nobody ever makes a falsifiable prediction about what they expect. Prayers are often given in times of extreme sorrow, torment, and misery—times when things can only get better. Because of this, prayer is seen as the cause to the amelioration of suffering, even though it actually played no causal role. This is the fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc; because event A followed event B, event A must have been caused by event B. This makes no logical sense but, then again, the lack of logical consistency has never seemed to bother Christians much. Continue reading…