Re: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.)

From: L B (
Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 17:11:47 MDT

--- Party of Citizens <> wrote:
> Anybody who can prove "spiritual healing" by
> something as simple as a
> research design with two comparison groups, will get
> James Randi's
> $1,000,000 prize for "The Psychic Challenge". I have
> corresponded with JR
> on this matter and it seems such religionists have
> been well apprised of
> the opportunity. Given that they don't take
> advantage of it, that is
> enough in my mind, to prove fraud on the part of all
> those
> tele-evangelical hucksters for whom so-called
> spiritual healing is
> stock-in-trade.
> On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, Michael Wiik wrote:
> > Some interesting tidbits from sunday's Washington
> Post outlook article
> > entitled
> > 'Calling Dr God'
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > Researchers have found, for example, that
> religious people live, on
> > average, about seven years longer than other
> Americans.

I wonder, then, if the results Michael is referring to
might point to a "positive thinking" effect of a
religion. Such as: "We prayed for health, and it will
come, our diety will grant it, so we can all be at
peace now." Maybe this offers a sense of well-being,
stress-relief (I'd love to have some of my problems
taken over by a higher being) and positive growth that
could affect our longevity.


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