Why do you think they want prayer in schools?

Why do you think they want prayer in schools?

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Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 6:46am

I didn't realize that we're hard-wired for forgiveness as well.  Forgiveness comes under the Golden Rule I believe - in mathematical models, known as "Generous Tit-for-Tat".  Tit-for-Tat with forgiveness so that people can move on from destructive cycles of conflict.  Forgiveness in ourselves raises the standard of behaviour that we can expect from others.  This is why it contributes to social cohesion I believe.  We can look at these things from a brain level or a social level, or both, depending on what's most useful.  Atheists do love to have rational answers, and that's a good thing. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 6:47am

Certainly, both forgiveness and empathy are person-centred and pro-social - positive social behaviours that help everyone get along well. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 7:04am

Just a little thing - "practical empathy".  A paragraph is all that's needed. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 7:20am

Forgive me for hijacking the column. 

"if its not nurtured it corrodes." - we can forget that we're essentially the same as other people.  Forgiveness and empathy go together.  We can say "yes, we all make mistakes, and we all need to be given the chance to earn forgiveness". 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 7:29am

Any ideas, chuck 'em my way. 

Comment by _Robert_ on September 19, 2013 at 7:30am

Simon, a key point about Jesus. At the crucial moment, when he was up on that cross, HE did not forgive anybody. He asked GOD to forgive everybody. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 7:50am

I'd say it amounts to the same thing - or it's even more generous. 

Comment by _Robert_ on September 19, 2013 at 8:01am

I disagree, If he said "I forgive you" it would be a social, humanistic act. But no, he passed the buck. It's ok to do as we will as long as we believe, God will sort it all out later. Typical ancient, outdated morality.

Comment by Strega on September 19, 2013 at 3:27pm

WWJD doesn't exist in the UK - I had to look it up.  What a bizarre concept! 

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 19, 2013 at 3:45pm

"afraid of opinions that differ from yours?"  - not at all Arch, I seek them out.  I just didn't want to take over the thread with a personal project. 

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