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Prayers for Atheist Richard Dawkins After His Stroke Sparked Outrage. Now, This Reverend Is Delivering a Major Lesson for Detractors.

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"A misunderstanding of what prayer is..."

Professor Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of books including The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene, is seen at Random House, London, on Wednesday, August 14th,2013. Professor Dawkins is to publish an autobiographical book. (Fiona Hanson/AP)

The flames of controversy were fanned when the faithful took to Twitter late last week to offer up prayers for famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins after he suffered a "minor stroke," with the Church of England finding itself fielding attacks for its own simple statement.

The church, which is the worldwide head of the Anglican Communion, tweeted well-wishes for Dawkins, 74, and his family on Friday night, writing, "Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family."

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