The Power of Prayer

Is "God" Listening?

or

Is Prayer Just Comforting, Superstitious Behavior?

From Slate (www.slate.com):

"Patients who received prayers were marginally more likely to develop complications (52.5 to 50.9 percent) and substantially more likely to develop major complications (18.0 to 13.4 percent) than patients who received none."

The Deity in the Data

What the latest prayer study tells us about God.

By William Saletan
Posted Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 2:37 AM ET

Brother, have you heard the bad news?

It was supposed to be good news, like the kind in the Bible. After three years, $2.4 million, and 1.7 million prayers, the biggest and best study ever was supposed to show that prayers . . . help patients recover after heart surgery. But things didn't go as ordained. Patients who knowingly received prayers developed more post-surgery complications than did patients who unknowingly received prayers—and patients who were prayed for did no better than patients who weren't prayed for. In fact, patients who received prayers without their knowledge ended up with more major complications than did patients who received no prayers at all.

If the data had turned out the other way, clerics would be trumpeting the power of prayer on every street corner. Instead, the study's authors and many media outlets are straining to brush off the results. The study "cannot address a large number of religious questions, such as whether God exists, whether God answers intercessory prayers, or whether prayers from one religious group work in the same way as prayers from other groups," the authors shrug.

Bull. If these findings involved any other kind of therapy, doctors would spin hypotheses about the underlying mechanisms and why the treatment failed or backfired. And that's exactly what theologians and scientists are doing as they try to explain away the data. They're implicitly sketching possibilities as to what sort of God could account for the results . . .

What a real sign from the Almighty God would look like.

From the actual research article in the American Heart Journal:

Methods
Patients at 6 US hospitals were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: 604 received intercessory prayer after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; 597 did not receive intercessory prayer also after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; and 601 received intercessory prayer after being informed they would receive prayer. Intercessory prayer was provided for 14 days, starting the night before CABG [coronary artery bypass graft]. The primary outcome was presence of any complication within 30 days of CABG. Secondary outcomes were any major event and mortality.

Results
In the 2 groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in 52% of patients who received intercessory prayer versus 51% of those who did not. Complications occurred in 59% of patients certain of receiving intercessory prayer compared with the 52% of those uncertain of receiving intercessory prayer. Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.

Conclusions
Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications.






























Now Here's Jon Stewart Describing the Biggest,
Longest, and Most Thorough Scientific Study
Ever Done to Examine the Efficacy of Prayer.

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But aren't there OTHER studies that
demonstrate the effectiveness of prayer?
Nuh, uh!

Stephen Colbert and Feist Examine How
Heaven Might Actually Process Prayers

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And James (the Amazing) Randi Examines
the Lucrative Side of Comforting Superstitions.
(with some additional fleecing the faithful footage)

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If TV evangelists are telling the truth, then why shouldn't she have done that?

The Scumbag* Is Back!

*Pardon our language. However, after viewing the video above and listening to the audio below, what other word could accurately describe Peter Popoff? Yoism commits us to face Reality. And in Reality, people like Popoff who prey upon desperate folks' ignorant superstitions are . . . scumbags.

"God is raising up 'end time' financiers.
The Divine Transfer has begun."

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Televangelists chat between congregations


Here's George Carlin on that familiar,
lucrative scam, known as "religion."

Bill O'Reilly dons his new compassionate Republican, prayer T shirt.

Pssst! Wanna buy some Sky Cake (or pie)?

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And, as we know, this stuff can be deadly serious.

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Yet, for Questions about Levees, Hurricanes,
War, Even Fiscal Policy, Half of America
Still Believes, Prayer Is THE Answer.

"What can you and I do to help keep America great?
According to two-term President Bush, we could pray."


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But, if ya gonna pray, ya bedduh do it right!

Stephen Colbert tackles important, age-old controversies:
Rice versus Wheat? Aum versus Ohm? How are we to know?

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The Real Power of Prayer

This illustration of what happens when Reality
is ignored as one pursues illusions is just sad.


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Stephen Colbert: National Day of Prayer, 2010

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Fly Nepal Air:  The only airline that sacrifices goats for your safety!
And for the devout believers
out there, be sure to:

Fly Nepal Air:  The only airline that sacrifices goats for your safety.

When Fantasy and Reality don't mix.


If and when you reach your destination,
how about a Little Faith-Based Medicine?

(For the good of the kids & the family!)

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But Don't Worry (and Don't Think)! All you have to
do is say your prayers, train, eat your fiber, & follow
Hulk Hogan's Advice on "How to Be a Real American!"







And

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And Remember: "Only the Good Die Young."


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