Saturday, April 01, 2006


Unanswered Prayers

Reaction to a study experts are calling the largest and best-designed study ever to test the medical effects of intercessory prayers is pouring in. In the study, heart surgery patients showed no benefit when strangers prayed for their recovery.

According to the Kansas City Star, intelligent design activist William Harris, the lead researcher in a prayer study done at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City in the late 1990s, said that he found several troubling things about this new study.

He also said it was significant that different religious groups — two Catholic and one with Lee’s Summit-based Unity — did the praying. They have quite different theologies, and it is not clear what effect that might have had, he said.

Could it be that God listens to some theologies, but not to others? Does God listen to the prayers of Catholics and Unity? Perhaps God only hears the prayers of fundamentalist Christians.


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