The bit where you say the prayer didn’t do anything because prayers don’t do anything.. Is that not begging the question? (I literally have no idea, I just thought thats how BTQ worked)
I gave her prayer too much credit; in a strange sort of way, I assigned to it too much power. Her prayer was entirely unrelated—as are the prayers of the pious. Their prayers are events that fall outside of the sphere of causation. Their prayers are unrelated to the meaningful events in our reality. Their prayers are meaningless, powerless, useless and in futility; they are to no avail. The fact that a prayer was made prior to some event is mere coincidence and nothing more.
That’s exactly what I said in the post titled A New Syllogism; I made no changes whatsoever. As one can see, I didn’t say “prayers don’t do anything because prayers don’t do anything.” I simply don’t speak that way. I made these assertions in saying that the “answers” to prayers are coincidental. The evidence has already been provided by a few studies on prayer. Prayer doesn’t work (see here). More studies will be done, but the fact remains: pious individuals will wrongfully connect the dots; they will confuse coincidence for correlation and in doing so, they will establish causation—at least in their own minds. The syllogism is designed to address that common error; it wasn’t necessarily meant to address prayer. Zealots have made a habit of wrongfully establishing causation. Another example could be found in tithing. I’ve seen Christians go up to the mic and state that their pay raises have everything to do with their so called faithful tithing. As if punctuality, hard work and dedication to one’s job have nothing to do with their pay raise, they stand up and testify that god blessed them because they give 10% of their gross income consistently. Again, wrongfully establishing causation; it isn’t exclusive to prayer. These type of people do it often and do it shamelessly.