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Does believing in God make you healthier and happier?

June 22nd, 2013

Mother and baby

Religious people would like to think that their belief makes them happier and healthier. But is there any evidence of this?

I have trawled the internet and found there is a growing interest in this subject. I have found more than 30 medical research papers or books, most of them from the past decade. They present a very clear picture.

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Themify – recommended blog themes

June 7th, 2013

Themify

Website design

This website, in one form or another, is more than 7 years old. For most of that time I did the design and coding myself. But a year or so ago I decided I wanted to get the benefit of someone else’s design and coding – more professional graphic design, and coding that was flexible enough to show up well on small mobile devices as well as large desktop screens.

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A better way

May 30th, 2013

York mosque

It’s a feel-good story that’s been doing the rounds, but it bears repeating. A potentially nasty situation defused by a simple act of friendliness.

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Believers vs unbelievers – who are more generous?

April 17th, 2013

Money

Atheists and christians alike often feel that not only is their belief true, but it is “nicer”. One argument, which has been made to me several times by atheists recently, is over who is more generous in giving to charity.

It has little to do with the truth of belief, but are there any facts to resolve this question?

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Conversion stories

February 3rd, 2013

Montage of faces

We all know that the number of committed religious people is dropping in most western countries (see, e.g. Who believes in God?). And it’s not too hard to find stories on the internet of people who were brought up religious, but now disbelieve.

It may be less well known that, at the same time, a significant number of people from a non-religious background are choosing to believe. I have taken an interest in finding some of their stories.

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Visions of Jesus?

February 22nd, 2012

People from other cultures

I’m always interested in people’s stories, and I’m always on the lookout for ways in which God may make himself known to us. So I have done some research on people having visions of Jesus – whether there are credible stories, and what they tell us.

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Miraculous healings and God

October 16th, 2011

It is not uncommon to hear about someone who says they have been miraculously healed by God. We may also look at some ‘faith healers’ and find it easier to believe they are charlatans. Do healing miracles happen? Is there any good evidence for healing miracles? How do we explain them?

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