Praying is Good For Your Health
When my parents died, three days apart, our family doctor gave me some literature that showed we have surprising control over the moment of our death. Chinese death rates drop just before New Year’s, and then resume their previous level afterwards. Christians and Jews are less likely to die during holiday periods. Prayer from others seems to help the ill, and now it seems that religious participation helps you live longer, at least if you’re Israeli. And, especially if Jonah’s optimism about the Islamic view of Jesus turns out to be right, it’s good news for every religious person. We’re all praying for that, obviously.