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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-17-05 07:33 AM
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67. Fascinating discussion!
I have always had an interest in this sort of thing and that led me into quite a bit of research. The self serving aspects of most of the "true believers' " notions, such as the common insistence that the testing of "God's" will automatically disables the test, preclude forever any rational "scientific" study (thank god) of religious leanings.
My own research indicated that, although prayer had no discernible effect on the object of the prayers, the very act of praying, apparently stemming from the act of divesting oneself of the responsibility for causation or outcome, produces a very salutary effect on the actor-the one doing the praying.
Many reviews of the effectiveness of the Alcoholics Anonymous program seem to point to the importance of establishing, creating or acknowledging the existence of a supreme being or some sort of "more powerful than I" force.
There is still much to be done in the study of this phenomenon and the final word is certainly not in, but the benefits of prayer, in all cases, seem to go to the one doing the praying.
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