An anecdote and question from reader Steven:
Yesterday my daughter fell down some stairs and sustained a mild concussion (she’s OK, according to the doctor at the hospital where she received the best of care.)
My co-workers were completely supportive when I had to leave to deal with this accident but my team lead who is a devout born-again Christian sent me an e-mail invoking God for protection and healing. His second e-mail, once we knew my daughter was OK, praised God for this happy outcome.
I was touched by the sentiment and the genuine sincerity and thanked him for it, but in my reply I praised the paramedics, doctors, and nurses.The question I have is, as an atheist do you wince a bit when a theist starts up the prayer wheel or simply accept this as a sincere attempt to help?