Bad news for the Christian Science Monitor

A new study has confirmed results reported last year on the power of prayer. Or rather, lack of power.

Scientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in MA evaluated the effect of prayer on over 1800 coronary bypass patients. They asked several Christian groups to pray for some patients, and not others.

The prayers made no detectable difference. In the first month after surgery, 52 per cent of prayed-for patients and 51 per cent of non-prayed-for patients suffered one or more complications […] A third group of patients received the same prayers as the first group, but were told they were being prayed for. Of these, 59 per cent suffered complications – significantly more than the patients left unsure of whether they were receiving prayers.

Maybe they should try praying for the doctors….