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American Journal of Bioethics.

Playing with God: Prayer is Not a Prescription

Despite some very vocal
advocates, the idea that prayer is a cure for disease just doesn’t have
a prayer. Harvard researchers and the Templeton foundation poured nine
years and $2.4 million into the sixth and most comprehensive study to
date of the effect of prayer by strangers (“intercessory prayer”) on
patients’ health. And this month they announce, as have those who led
the other five studies, pretty definitive results: prayer by strangers
across thousands of miles had no effect on side effects for 1,802 heart
bypass patients. There’s just no getting around the evidence that there
is no meaningful correlation between prayer by strangers and patients’

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Volume 7, Issue 12
December 2007