25pc 'success' rate in power of prayer study

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1 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — A new Dutch study has established 91 percent of the country's orthodox Christians believe God can heal illness. But only 25 percent of those who took part reported feeling better after appeals to the Deity.

1 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — A new Dutch study has established 91 percent of the country's orthodox Christians believe God can heal illness. But only 25 percent of those who took part reported feeling better after appeals to the Deity.

The study by the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam involved a cross-section of the membership of the Christian broadcaster EO.  A total of 888 people took part in the first major research into the power of prayer in the Netherlands. It was supervised by religion sociologist Hijme Stoffels and his colleague Joke van Saane.

EO said on Thursday that 25 percent of the people who prayed for healing received their wish. Generally this occurred gradually and in only a few cases was the cure sudden. Another 65 percent taking part said they were not healed but received the strength from God to bear their conditions. The final 10 percent reported no change.

Of the respondents who reported being healed, 84 percent were certain it had come about due to divine intervention. Another 13 percent were less sure but 'thought' that it was God's work.

Stoffels noted the findings underlined that the respondents are "a group with a strong belief".

The EO did not report the types or severity of the illnesses involved in the study.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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