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04 August 2012


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Barbara C.

I think you make an excellent point. Many people use "I'll pray for you" like a parting shot in a battle.

Non-religious folks often find it extremely offensive at the thought of someone praying for them to stop sinning and probably hardens their hearts even more. Although they have no qualms about you praying for "good" things for them--moral therapeutic deism at work.


I think the parting shot is more typically a way of saying, "I'll pray that you come around to the correct view." The implication is that reason won't work on such a stubborn or benighted person, so divine intervention will be necessary. Notice that no one ever says "I will pray for more wisdom and discernment so that I can do a better job articulating my view."

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