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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-17-05 02:14 PM
Response to Reply #81
86. "does not deny the reality of it" - nor does it prove it actually happens.
Do people get mysteriously healed? Yes. Does the fact that someone was praying or whatever at the same time mean the prayer had some effect? Not necessarily.

Could it have helped? Maybe, but studies such as the one in the OP suggest it does not have any effect.

I'm sorry to harp on this, it's just very important that we understand that while faith healing may at some point be found to be effective, to this point there is no evidence it is, and I think to assert that it does without any evidence of such is inaccurate and potentially dismissive of real, proven methods of healing.

I look at those who refuse to undergo medical treatment and choose the faith healing route, and I marvel that people can place so much faith in unproven methods over science shown to heal people.

Not all believers in prayer/faith healing do that, of course. And I'm not saying there will never be studies that show that such methods work - just that it's false to state they do work as a matter of fact at this point in time.

Best that can be said is that the jury's still out. People will of course continue to believe that it works, and if that helps them heal via a placebo effect, swell. I'm all for people getting better!

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