Yup, another atheist checks in ... moi.
I think it all depends on what you mean by prayer.
Although dictionary.com says that prayer is about making some request of God, or other deity, or 'object' of worship, I think a legitimate prayer
can also be visualizing positive energy ... perhaps directed to the
... that some people like Teilhard de Chardin labelled the noosphere
I guess I could consider the noosphere an object of worship ... nah ... lol
I agree with spacedoubt that one ought to be able to say prayers, send positive energy, while helping out in other ways, like writing that check.
Gandhi and many other truly spiritual individuals recognize, too, that freely given service to those in need is in and of itself, prayer of the
I have found many of my prayers these last two weeks have been in the form of tears.
Anyway, a couple of links:
-kinda cool site, just found it.
Edit to add: That's the way I see it, worldwatcher ... I was typing my post while you were posting yours, I think
Edit to add: I don't think the noosphere site is really attached to Princeton though ... handle with care.
[edit on 2005/9/9 by Zadeh Redux]