As many as 6% of atheists pray, as many non-believers seek the benefits of religion without, you know, believing in it. Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post talks to some of them.
From the Washington Post:
Each morning and night, Sigfried Gold drops to his knees on the beige carpeting of his bedroom, lowers his forehead to the floor and prays to God.
In a sense.
An atheist, Gold took up prayer out of desperation. Overweight by 110 pounds and depressed, the 45-year-old software designer saw himself drifting from his wife and young son. He joined a 12-step program for food addiction that required — as many 12-step programs do — a recognition of God and prayer.