It is interesting that rigorous science is validating what many people have known for millennia – that prayer is good for you. This topic is the focus of this month’s Templeton Foundation Newsletter. TPF admits that: “With present scientific methods, at least, research into the effects of distant intercessory prayer is probably a scientific (and theological!) dead end.” But they are upbeat about, and funding, research demonstrating the prayer has positive effects on the health and well-being of the person who prays. As they conclude in the introduction, “Perhaps the billions of people who pray every day are on the right track toward an expanded knowledge of God — and growing in grace along the way.” This is wonderful, but should come as no surprise. As we discussed in a previous post, spirituality is innate, and spiritual practice is good for you!
Science has been losing its mojo. Two generations ago, scientists were revered as truth tellers and bringers of progress. Today, science is often viewed as fallible, obscure and, in some cases, untrustworthy. Many factors are blamed for the falling star of science including failures in science education, religious superstition and broader social changes. Yet much of the problem rests with science itself.
“We have met the enemy and he is us” – Walt Kelly 1970