The purpose of me posting that link was to show that there are just as many "results" that prayer works vs. prayer doesn't work....<quoted text>
I'm not sure what Riverside is talking about, but when I searched his key terms, this is what I came up with:
"Intercessory Prayer and Cardiovascular Disease Progression in a
Coronary Care Unit Population: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
"Conclusions: As delivered in this study, intercessory
prayer had no significant effect on medical outcomes after
hospitalization in a coronary care unit."
That's from the Mayo Clinic, about the most respectable medical research clinic around.
I found this study that, at first glance backs up RR, but if you read anything to do with the study, it's a complex joke that aims to make fun of people like RR. Here, their stated goal:
"To determine whether remote, retroactive intercessory prayer, said for a group of patients with a bloodstream infection, has an effect on outcomes."
That means "we want to see if prayer after someone has been healed and released is effective." So...they didn't pray for people not healed! hahaha
It goes on:
"Remote intercessory prayer said for a group of patients is associated with a shorter hospital stay and shorter duration of fever in patients with a bloodstream infection, even when the intervention is performed 4-10 years after the infection"
Isn't that awesome! So the next time you get sick, if you get better, remember to pray for yourself 4-10 years after the event. It will help the past.
But there's more:
"Remote, retroactive intercessory prayer was associated with a shorter stay in hospital and a shorter duration of fever in patients with a bloodstream infection. Mortality was lower in the intervention group, but the difference between the groups was not significant. A larger study might have shown a significant reduction in mortality."
meaning they invalidated their findings! The best is their references:
"Borges JL. Labyrinths. Harmondsworth: Penguin; 1970. A new refutation of time."
I laughed and laughed.
As I've said. I think that any and all "tests" are inconclusive.