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Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress -- but only for believers
PHYSORG.com ^ | 08/04/2010 | Not Listed

Posted on 08/08/2010 7:52:15 AM PDT by Sprite518

The researchers suggest that for religious people, thinking about God may provide a way of ordering the world and explaining apparently random events and thus reduce their feelings of distress. In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God may contradict the meaning systems they embrace and thus cause them more distress.

(Excerpt) Read more at physorg.com ...


TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Religion & Science; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: atheist; brain; god; science
Interesting study.
1 posted on 08/08/2010 7:52:19 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I see the comment section really has the God-haters up in arms.


2 posted on 08/08/2010 8:00:22 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Sprite518

I find that praying the rosary can be soothing.


3 posted on 08/08/2010 8:01:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: anniegetyourgun

LOL! Thus, validating the study in the article.


4 posted on 08/08/2010 8:01:34 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sacajaweau

Standing on the Promises can only be done if you believe in God. God draws close to those who draw close to Him.


5 posted on 08/08/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
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To: Sprite518
The researchers suggest that for religious people, thinking about God may provide a way of ordering the world and explaining apparently random events and thus reduce their feelings of distress. In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God may contradict the meaning systems they embrace and thus cause them more distress.

The explanation itself seems pretty functionally atheist.
6 posted on 08/08/2010 8:07:39 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

Agree.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 8:17:28 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sacajaweau
St. Dominic
I find that praying the rosary can be soothing.
I'm with you!! During the summer, my husband's schedule allows him to walk with me (and our two dogs) to daily Mass, and the trip is a block or so longer than one mystery. So, after the rosary, we walk just a little bit more, hook the dogs up to the bench, and enter the church all soothed up for Mass. Beautiful prayer. On this, the feast of St. Dominic, he knows quite well you can't say too many rosaries!!
8 posted on 08/08/2010 8:20:05 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Sprite518; Quix; Alamo-Girl; betty boop; Dr. Eckleburg

They won’t come out and say it, but we know implicitly, why thinking about God causes stress for the non-believer.

It’s tough to reflect on the Holy and Eternal, without the reassurance of Salvation from our frail, flawed and dissolute state.

(Why, it could make a person rancorous, argumentative and bitter!)


9 posted on 08/08/2010 8:20:22 AM PDT by shibumi (Pablo, wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: Sprite518

“Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress — but only for believers”

As well it should!


10 posted on 08/08/2010 8:52:37 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: shibumi

Indeed. Thank you for sharing your insights, dear shibumi!


11 posted on 08/08/2010 9:11:08 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Sprite518

Was this study part of the stimulus?


12 posted on 08/08/2010 9:20:03 AM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: Sprite518

I can see thinking about the judge of the world could cause stress for the unsaved


13 posted on 08/08/2010 9:27:59 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Sprite518

Did they conduct the study on Muslims as well?


14 posted on 08/08/2010 10:22:42 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: Sprite518
In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God .... cause them more distress.

Impending capital "J" Judgment will do that.

15 posted on 08/08/2010 10:33:17 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You fool! Don't you know every Taurus purchased brings us closer to TEOTWAWKI?")
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To: shibumi
Thanks for the ping. It's so true. Christianity is life's greatest source of mental well-being.

You take the intellect and reverence of Judaism and throw in a happy ending. Voila! Christian assurance that God is in His heaven, preparing a place for "those who are called according to His purpose."

"So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter." -- Ecclesiastes 4:1


"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;...

But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." -- John 14:16,26


16 posted on 08/08/2010 11:33:00 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Sprite518

You don’t need scientists to do a study to know this. Not like we haven’t been saying this forever. Those that believe in God and know He’s in control even during bad times are able to be comforted. Those that hate God and do their best to ‘prove’ he doesn’t exist, can’t stand any mention of Him and it bothers them to no end.

Welcome to the party, it’s been going on awhile now.


17 posted on 08/08/2010 12:22:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: shibumi

INDEED. THX THX.


18 posted on 08/08/2010 1:23:07 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: Sprite518

Completely obvious but also true.

Then there are agnostics like me who are both soothed and distressed at the same time.


19 posted on 08/08/2010 8:54:33 PM PDT by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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