Prayer is a fundamental activity within many religions. Understandings of prayer vary from reductive psychological explanations in terms of positive thinking and self-talk through to theological descriptions of communication with the Divine. Of late there has been a surge of interest in scientific experiments attempting to measure the effectiveness of prayer, particularly on health.
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Medical Bureau at Lourdes
Description of the process for recognition of miraculous cures. Includes list of the recognized cures at Lourdes, and details of the International Medical Association of Lourdes (AMIL) Bulletin.
Problems with Prayer and Faith Healing
Collected critiques of prayer on the website of Guide to Atheism and Agnosticism.
A non-profit, non-affiliated organization conducting and supporting research on the biology of healing and the therapeutic relationship.
Transcendent and Spiritual Experiences of Scientists
Web-site with collected accounts from scientists about their transcendent, transpersonal, mystical, paranormal, or psychic experiences, here: Healing on Distance.
BBC News: Does Prayer Work?
Review of evidence for answered prayer for world peace and health. (February 27, 2002)
Scientific Research on Prayer
Debra Williams' review of research attempting to prove the power of prayer. (January 01, 1999)
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