March 24, 2009

The Infamous Prayer Test

Posted in psychology of religion, science at 10:27 am by Jerry

Here’s a link to a news report on the test. In it you’ll find that the test was put on by the Templeton Foundation – which rewards (a financial prize consistently raised to be higher than the nobel prize) scholastic support of religion.

It seems, Dr. Harold G. Koenig, director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at the Duke University Medical Center overlooked an important aspect of the test. The test wasn’t meant to make God do something he doesn’t normally do (and by ‘normal’ I mean the normal Christian claims of God being compassionate to all who suffer and actively/appropriately responding to righteous prayers).

Do I think this will make other Christians think God failed them?

I’m not that stupid. If the failings won’t be handed out to the test itself, it’ll be handed out to the spiritual lives of the Christians involved.

Either way, God must be faithful in his goodness, whether he shows it or not.

“Oh, but He does show it!” they say.

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