OK I’m a bit late in commenting on this one:
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.
But then I did comment in detail on a similar study last year that also showed no benefits, and I summarized the errors and fraudulent practices in some other supposedly positive (ie not positive) prayer studies.
No real additional comments to be made except to highlight this gem from the director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at the Duke University Medical Center:
There are no scientific grounds to expect a result and there are no real theological grounds to expect a result either.
Science is not designed to study the supernatural.
Really? Well, it is true that science can only study things that have a measurable effect, so if this “supernatural” he talks about has no measurable effect then I suppose he is correct in saying science can’t measure it. The only question I have would be: what is the difference between something that has no measurable effect and something that does not exist?
Another redundant book title!