Intercessory prayer: the truth does not hurt

Sent to the Boston Globe on 2006-03-31

It must be discouraging for religionists to see the mounting evidence that intercessory prayer simply does not work ("No benefit of prayer found after surgery" By Rob Stein, March 31).

But then, wouldn't things be far worse if it did work? If an omniscient god were actually responsive to lobbying by far-from-omniscient humans? Not just by you, but also by, say, Jack Abramoff?

Jon Dreyer