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Christian participants (N = 313) were assigned to engage in either intercessory prayer or a secular reflection over a 2-week period on the hardships faced by either Christians (religious ingroup) or Muslims (religious outgroup) in Myanmar/Burma being persecuted by the Buddhist majority. Contrary to hypotheses and previous research, multiple regression analyses revealed that the prayer condition was associated with less monetary generosity than a nonreligious control condition. (See the Abstract)I realize of course that the researchers studied generosity and not action related to ending mass shootings; however, the study does illustrate the possibility that prayer may be a substitute for less concrete action. As is often said in academia, "more research is needed."
Like many others affected by gun violence, I can’t help but feel frustrated and cynical when I hear another line about “thoughts and prayers.”However, she expresses a belief in the power of prayer and offers suggestions on what to pray. This leads to a research question, would social media comments be taken as more meaningful if the posts said how the poster was praying for the survivors and their families? This can be turned into a study--any takers?
Crowds can be encouraged to promote life or death.
|Sheep by the WWI trenches at the Newfoundland memorial, France|
October 2018/ Geoff W. Sutton
“Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming’, because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?