From today's Washington Post:
... Two new studies are about to report no benefit of having people pray for the sick, the only study underway is nearing completion, and the largest, best-designed project is being published in two weeks. Its eagerly awaited findings could sound the death knell for the field, breathe new life into such efforts, or create new debate.
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[S]upporters [of the research] say that much about medicine remains murky or is explained only over time. They say, for example, that it was relatively recently that scientists figured out how aspirin works, although it has been in use for centuries.
"Yesterday's science fiction often becomes tomorrow's science," said John A. Astin of the California Pacific Medical Center.
It's great that scientists are looking into this. Seeking to learn more about God's creation doesn't trivialize religion; quite the contrary. The phenomenon is what it is; let's find out just what it is.