Kevin L. Ladd, co-author, “The Psychology of Prayer”
Hemant Mehta, author, “The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide”
I have no problem with “prayer” as silent self-reflection. The risk is to think someone else is hearing your thoughts and acting on them.
Joy J. Moore, professor of preaching
Hal Taussig, author, “A New New Testament”
Prayer can be boring, pretentious or silly, but mostly it contributes to people shining, growing, seizing the moment, resisting numbness and coming closer to one another.
Deepak Chopra, physician and author
Both prayer and meditation are useful, with observable physiological effects. Even without God, silence may be the womb from which intelligence and creativity emerge.
Would it be fruitful for atheists to pray? For believers and others, what is the point of prayer?