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Faith good for the health

Faith 'good for the health'


Faith \'good for the health\'

A NEW report published by the Christian Medical Fellowship has found that living out one's faith is good for one's health.

The report, entitled Health Benefits of Christian Faith, has drawn on evidence from over 1,200 studies and reviews, and points out that the overwhelming majority of scientific studies highlight the positive health benefits of faith. These include protection from illness, coping with illness, and faster recovery from it.

Christian faith has also been shown to increase life expectancy. In one study of 21,204 adults, those who attended church regularly had a life expectancy up to 14 years longer than those who did not.

Other benefits of faith include increased well-being, happiness and life satisfaction, hope and optimism, lower rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and better adaptation to bereavement.

The researchers, Dr Bunn and Dr Randall, said of their report: ‘In contrast to the popular myth that Christian faith is bad for health, on balance and despite its limitations, the published research suggests that faith is associated with longer life and a wide range of health benefits. In particular, faith is associated with improved mental health. At the very least, the burden of proof is on those who claim that faith is bad for health and that all forms of spiritual care should be excluded from modern medicine.’


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