Does God affect Sporting Outcomes?

Created by EdSed on Sep 19, 2013

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Yes

Sometimes, or to some degree

Very rare miracle, perhaps

He/She/It/They could do, but don't

No, never

EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#1 Sep 19, 2013
Now this assumes not only that the Universe had a Creator, of course, but one to which humans can appeal. It demands a specifically interventionist or perhaps even an Abrahamic god(s).

".... While only [Ed: "only"??] about 3-in-10 (27%) Americans, believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, a majority (53%) believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, compared to 42% who disagree..." Source:
http://publicreligion.org/research/2013/01/ja...

I wouldn't credit such polls too much and pollsters must surely receive some sarcastic answers in response to such silly questions - i.e. answers that compromise the accuracy of the statistics.

On the other hand, one should never underestimate how dim or unthinking some people can be.

In general, the religionists on this forum tend to be rather extreme (believing in Bible-god &/or ID/Creationism) and perhaps aren't too representative of 'believers' in general,(believers according to the US statistics). Even allowing for all of that, these polls appear to indicate an extraordinary level of superstition in the USA.

Do any more than a few USAmericans seriously believe that god(s) intervention(s) affect sporting outcomes?
Amused

Lowell, MA

#2 Sep 19, 2013
"a majority (53%) believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success"?

Two words: Tim Tebow

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

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Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#3 Sep 19, 2013
Well, clearly!

It's obvious that god is much to busy to fix things like world hunger, the rise of juvenile AIDS or war.

So he must be busy affecting the outcome of sports.

I suspect he bets on them too.

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Lowell, MA

#4 Sep 20, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
Well, clearly!
It's obvious that god is much to busy to fix things like world hunger, the rise of juvenile AIDS or war.
So he must be busy affecting the outcome of sports.
I suspect he bets on them too.
He is a betting man. Just ask Job. I wonder who takes his action. It must be hard to collect when the big guy loses.
Thinking

UK

#5 Sep 20, 2013
If only their god was all knowing, he wouldn't have had to put Job and his family through all that torture.
Amused wrote:
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He is a betting man. Just ask Job. I wonder who takes his action. It must be hard to collect when the big guy loses.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#6 Sep 20, 2013
Amused wrote:
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He is a betting man. Just ask Job. I wonder who takes his action. It must be hard to collect when the big guy loses.
Well, anyone who is smarter that god would be a good bet.

;)

And that is pretty much anyone who's not still a believer (and most of anyone who never was).

:D

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No God

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#7 Oct 2, 2013
Tell the child that has does nothing wrong but prays every day that his parents will stop beating him or molesting him, that he somehow is less worthy of blessings than the sports star who makes millions for making the rich richer.

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#8 Oct 3, 2013
No God wrote:
Tell the child that has does nothing wrong but prays every day that his parents will stop beating him or molesting him, that he somehow is less worthy of blessings than the sports star who makes millions for making the rich richer.
Indeed.

Or tell that to a child who's only source of water, is a sewage-infested muddy ditch, which will kill his emaciated body quicker than a republican can claim to be "god's gift to America"

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Cape Town, South Africa

#9 Oct 4, 2013
God bless America

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#10 Oct 4, 2013
Carchar king wrote:
God bless America
No.

The current government shut down?

Is a result of such ... "blessing".

Proof?

The azzholes **responsible** are "Chosen by God to be in Congress" (republicans)

So I'd like to pass on that "blessing".

The world has enough problems as it is already.

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LCNLin

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#11 Nov 27, 2013
Doubt if the will change the results for Manchester United?

LONDON – The Church of England's governing body voted overwhelmingly in favor of female bishops on Wednesday, ending a 20-year impasse that could see women ordained as senior clergy by the end of 2014.

A vote on a package of measures to endorse women bishops was supported by 378 members of the General Synod while eight voted against and 25 abstained after months of behind-the-scenes talks to unite reformers and traditionalists.

A year ago, a blocking minority succeeded in rejecting draft legislation on women bishops, leaving the church in crisis. That vote, lost by just six votes, was criticized by parliament and one senior church official called it a “train crash.”

After that, church leaders set up a committee to find common ground. Its proposals won widespread acceptance in the Synod on Wednesday, even among groups previously opposed.

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Perth, Western Australia

#13 Dec 7, 2013
If he did he wouldn't have let England win the last 3 Ashes series.
;)

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Cape Town, South Africa

#14 Dec 11, 2013
Luke1981 wrote:
If he did he wouldn't have let England win the last 3 Ashes series.
;)
I think he does, because I think helped SA win the rugby world cup in 1995 for a reason as well as the SA sevens after Mandela died

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Jim

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#15 Dec 11, 2013
Carchar king wrote:
God bless America
..with intelligence.

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#16 Dec 15, 2013
Luke1981 wrote:
If he did he wouldn't have let England win the last 3 Ashes series.
;)
I don't think affects all sporting outcomes

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#17 Dec 15, 2013
Carchar king wrote:
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I don't think affects all sporting outcomes
Of course not!

Because your god isn't real.

Silly.

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