“Being religious or spiritual has a very profound effect on our biology and our brain,” says neuroscientist Andrew Newberg. “It can change our brain and change ourselves over time.”
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More than 30 states have laws that protect parents who believe in spiritual healing from criminal prosecution when their children die as a result of not receiving medical care for treatable illnesses.
Acedia is a condition best countered by spiritual practice and the discipline of prayer, according to writer Kathleen Norris. "It's an ancient word that means the inability to care, even to the extent that you don't care that you don't care anymore."
One of the beautiful things about a terminal illness is you are invited into the present, and your friendships become stronger. Your loved ones become more vital and more present. Each day becomes more beautiful. You walk through the valley of the shadow, and it’s riddled with light.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly senior associate producer Patti Jette Hanley captures some of the opening scenes on the convention floor in Saint Paul as well as at a nearby prayer vigil.
Ben Carson knows a lot about risk. As one of the leading pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, Carson makes life and death decisions nearly every day.