Comments: Martin Rees wins the Templeton Prize

Brilliant news! A serious scientist (unlike Dawkins who gave up science in favour of polemic years ago) who is not only an atheist but sees nothing wrong with their being an ongoing conversation between religion and science. A short, sharp, shock for those who trying to persuade the world that the new PC is to be anti-religion.

Posted by Fr Levi at Friday, 8 April 2011 at 11:24am BST

Very entertaining. For what it's worth (obviously, rather little), I read Martin Rees as a believer who does not want to affirm his belief for fear of ridicule but still does it (in the sense of attending services). Very Anglican - of a certain kind, of - perhaps - a certain era.

Posted by John at Friday, 8 April 2011 at 2:09pm BST

‎'In 2006, the Templeton Foundation funded a study to investigate whether heart bypass patients recovered more quickly if people prayed for them. The study concluded that prayer at best had no effect. In this particular study, patients who knew they were being prayed for fared worse than others.'

Any religious orgaisation which conducted such research and moreover published the result surely can't be all bad?

Posted by Richard Ashby at Friday, 8 April 2011 at 2:36pm BST

'investigate whether heart bypass patients recovered more quickly if people prayed for them'

For myself, I would / do want the prayer -- every time. I would nt need to know of it necesarily.

The trouble with these studies is all the imonderables. It sound simplistic.

Death need not be seen as a failure of recovery. It's probably the ultimate recovery.

Recovery / dies natalis

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Sunday, 10 April 2011 at 12:11am BST

I dont see that these medical studies on prayer prove very much at all, either way. God doesnt like to be tested. He is not some automatic heaven slot machine. Difficult to see why he would oblige some doctor's study when what He really wants us to exercise faith and trust in Him. It often surprises me how often God does answer prayer, though in His wisdom perhaps not exactly as you expected.

Posted by David Wilson at Monday, 11 April 2011 at 6:00pm BST
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