"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."
"I enjoy mythology, but am not religious about it"
"Your faith is not inspired by some divine constant truth. It is simply geography"
"The doubt of your faith is not god testing you, it is the truth trying to emerge and free you."
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."
"Scientology. Because Mormons needed something to joke about."
"Jesus hates figs" (Mark 11:12-14)
"Staying in bed shouting 'Oh my God!' does not constitute going to church."
"Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers."
"If there there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion."
"I considered becoming an atheist, but there weren't enough holidays."
"My creation myth is better than your creation myth."
"Religion is a great comfort in a world torn apart by ... religion."
"Call my religion violent again and I'll kill you."
"The more I study religions the more I'm convinced that man worships only himself."
"Creationism doesn't required a leap of faith so much as a drunken tumble down Mount Dumbass."
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."
"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
"Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. - Mark Twain
"If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia."

Prayer Flowcharts


"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
- Mark 11:24

The Christian prays in faith, fully expecting to get what was asked for, but quickly realises that all is not as it seems.  Prayers are not answered.  Requests are not granted.  What is going on?

OK, fair enough, perhaps a new Ferrari is not needed, but surely a cancer-ridden 5 year old daughter does need healing? Or maybe God has good reasons not granting the request, being omniscient and all; a greater, wiser plan that we're unaware of?


All very mysterious and unhelpful.  We need a more detailed flowchart to clarify matters:

Religion picture - nothing fails like prayer


Oh dear, it's gotten worse!  Surely there must be some objective proof that prayer works?

Several intercessory prayer studies have indeed been performed, looking for a statistically significant impact of prayer, but none was found.  Bizarrely, patients aware of being prayed for in one study seemed to even fare worse than control groups, perhaps suffering from performance anxiety, or wondering why their illness needed prayer exactly.

So, it seems we just need a simple flowchart after all:

Religion picture flowchart - Does prayer work? No.

And all is suddenly clear.