Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools

Mindfulness programs for public schools may not only help children relax before tests, but also promote Buddhist mindfulness meditation, a religious practice.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness may offer more than stress reduction. Key leaders in the secular mindfulness movement envision secular mindfulness as a stealth Buddhist strategy for mainstreaming meditation.

Is Your Chiropractor “Religious”?

Chiropractic's major premise is that Innate Intelligence cares for human health. More than a medical service, chiropractic—like religion—helps explain life’s struggles, cope with present stress, and anticipate the future with hope.

Spiritual, but Not Religious?

“Religion” has become a bad word for many Americans. And so, many people describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious." But how different are religion and spirituality?

Careful Consumers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Asking why Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) works reveals how CAM may affect not only one’s health but also one’s religion.

The Affordable Care Act, Alternative Medicine, and Religion

The Affordable Care Act may require insurers to cover complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many Americans are unaware that some of the most popular CAM services are religious in nature. The law may in effect endorse religious practices, entangle government with religion, and coerce funding of religious activities--in violation of the First Amendment.

Why Encinitas Public School Yoga Promotes "Religion"

Many people assume that the Encinitas school yoga program was upheld in a recent trial decision because the school yoga program--like American yoga generally--was taught devoid of "religious" content. This is not the case.

Yoga in Public Schools

A California judge ruled that yoga can be taught in public schools without violating the Constitution by establishing religion. As someone familiar with the case, having testified as an expert witness for the plaintiffs, I find the judge's decision perplexing.

Follow-up

If you’ve ever watched a televised healing service, you’ve probably seen someone get up out of a wheelchair and begin walking—and you’ve probably wondered whether that person was still walking an hour, a week, or a year later.

Clinical Trials

When I began asking whether prayer for healing produces any empirical effects, I quickly ran into difficulties finding adequate data. I decided to collaborate with medical researchers to conduct a new clinical trial. Testing hearing and vision fit our criteria.

Surveys

Many people seek out prayer for healing by attending church services or Christian conferences advertised as offering special healing prayers. What motivates people to attend such events, and what do they experience during and after prayers?

Empirical Perspectives on Prayer for Healing

In previous posts, I’ve noted problems with how most research on prayer for healing has been conducted. Researchers have attempted to design double-blinded, controlled trials of distant intercessory prayer.

How Should Prayer Be Studied?

A lot of studies on intercessory prayer have been published in recent years. This research has returned mixed results. Some studies conclude that prayer improves health, while others show no effect—or suggest that prayer may lead to worsening health.

Should Scientists Test Prayer?

I've spent the last eight years asking that question. Having satisfied myself—if not everyone I've met—that there's value in using empirical methods to study prayer, I've thought a lot about how to do it.