Dan Hook (
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 14:10:43 -0400

I doubt it needs to be said, but the results of a few studies is not very
convincing. To use the relentless questioning format that I have seen
someone use from time to time...

Who conducted the study? Are these few studies just the ones that show
some benefit for prayer while ignoring the ones that show no effect? Were
the people praying for the sick person friends of this person? If the
study has any validity, I suspect it most probably shows the value of
friendship and knowing that there are people who care about you, even if
you don't know that they are praying.

Dan Hook
> From: ard <>
> To:
> Date: Monday, April 21, 1997 12:12 PM
> Praying *does* have
> > healing qualities. This is not because the one who is praying is being
> > 'relieved by God' but because the one who is praying has such a strong
> > belief that there are other shoulders (God or Jesus') to heap a burden
> on.
> > -E. Shaun Russell
> A few studies have been done which show an increase in healing of the
> patient, even if they did not know they were being prayed for.
> ard