In a finding that wouldn’t surprise many,
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have found that those who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and be more tolerant of life's uncertainties than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God.
- “Religious Beliefs Impact Levels of Worry” (ScienceDaily Aug. 5, 2011)
Here’s a welcome point:
"The implications of this paper for the field of psychiatry are that we have to take patients' spirituality more seriously than we do," Rosmarin said.That means listening as well: To a religious person, guilt is an objective state, not a pathology. It’s no help to say, “You shouldn’t feel guilty ...” A justifiable response from the patient would be “How the hell do you know? I’m mainly interested in what God thinks.”
Also: Aged, infirm people can have surprising spiritual experiences.
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