No Atheists in the Apocalypse – When the Three Mile Island reactor melted down in 1979, Claudia was convinced that a nuclear apocalypse was on its way. She spent much of the next year organizing a massive anti-nukes protest parade. My first memory of prayer begins as I am sliding around the back of an open truck with failing brakes on the parade route. I was bargaining in my mind: “If you let this truck get to the end of the parade without me falling out and dying, I won’t even complain once if a nuclear winter comes.” I didn't hear a reply but my prayer was answered, I felt, by an unseen force, deep and close to me – something unitary and all-powerful.
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