Greetings Brethren,

The denial of the existence and Supreme power of God resides in the hearts and minds of many that walk and crawl the planet earth. However a Fool is not always defined as someone who lacks intelligence or knowledge and information. But the real and confirmed Fool is one that rejects God.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal March 1, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

There has been a historic relationship between science and religion. The record shows that many of the great philosophers believed in God. Also, the Biblical record reveals the dual role of priests as healers and religious leaders.

Doctors and researchers in the medical community continue to explore the relationship of religion and health. The following research team of R.P. Sloan, E. Bagiella and T.Powell co-authored an article, Lancet 1999, "Religion, Spirituality and Medicine." These doctors represent the Behavioral Medicine Program, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Dept. Of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ., New York Psychiatric Institute, School of Public Health, Columbia Univ. And the Center for the study of Society and Medicine, at Columbia Univ.

These doctors concur that there is a growing interest in alternative new approaches to health care in the USA. The interesting complementary medicine has also promoted the notion of linking religion and medical interventions.
Hence many in the medical community have concluded that religion plays a great part in healing.

"Meanwhile US medical schools increasingly offer courses in religion and spirituality. Nearly 30 US medical schools include courses in religion, spirituality and health." (See Levin, J.S., Larson, D.N., Puchalski, C.M., Religion and Spirituality In Medicine: Research and Education, JMA 1997; 278: 792-93).

There is a great interest in connecting religion and medicine. The study (by Sloan, Powell and Bagiella) seeks to answer many off these questions.

"In a recent poll of 1000 US adults, 79% believed that spiritual faith can help people recover from disease, and 63% believed that physicians should talk to patients about spiritual faith." (See: McNichol, T., The New Faith In Medicine, USA Today, April 7, 1996, p. 4).

The media throughout America also report that religion has a great impact on your health. For example a new magazine, Spirituality and Health edited by D.M. Eisenberg makes the following disclosure regarding unconventional therapies.

"More than 25% of all respondents reported using prayer as medical therapy."

In another study King and Bushwick "reported that 48% of hospital in-patients wanted their physician to pray with them (See; unconventional medicine in the US.: Prevalence, Costs, and Patterns of Use, New England Journal of Medicine, 1993: 328: 246-52).

During the October 1996 meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians more than 296 physicians were surveyed. In this survey 99% were convinced that religious beliefs can heal. Additionally 75% believed that prayer could also promote a patients recovery.

H. Benson argues: "Faith in God has a health-promoting effect. (See Benson, H. Timeless Healing, New York, Fireside, 1996). In another article we see several doctors (Larson and Matthews) arguing for spiritual and religious interventions in medical practice, in the hope that the wall of separation will be torn down. (See Matthews, D.A., Larson, D.B., Faith and Medicine:

Reconciling The Twin Traditions of Healing, Mind Body Medicine 1997; 2: 3-6).

Cont. Part 101: Further Rationale: Religion & Health



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