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May 16, 2006

Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

There was much discussion of this NYT article over Mother's Day lunch.

Unfortunately, you have to register to read it. Fortunately, registration is free and easy, so give it a whirl.

Here's the story's opener.

"Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found.

And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested."

(Insert eye roll here.)

The best part, however, is Martin B. Copenhaver's tongue-in-cheek response to this in the May 2 edition of The Christian Century.

And I quote: "Please don't pray for AIDS victims or people who have recently lost a loved one. They already have enough to worry about."

Copenhaver's response ("Let Us Not Pray", page 9), is not available on TCC's website. But trust me. It's worth swiping off your Pastor's desk for a quick read.

Posted by Stephanie at May 16, 2006 10:55 PM

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