Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Praise the Lord and Pass the Statistician

The Raving Atheist notes two recent medical studies: one finding that prayer makes no measurable difference in the condition of patients recovering from heart surgery, and another finding that "overweight African-Americans who regularly participate in religious activities have lower blood pressure than their less-faithful counterparts."

From this, he concludes that "God Favors Fat Black People."

The reasonableness of his heavy satire is impossible to escape. I'm embarrassed to spell it out — it's like spraying whipped cream on creme brulée — but, just so there's no question, I'll say it: God refuses to be tested. The fact of this is no doubt frustrating to an atheist who seeks truth; heck, it's frustrating to the faithful. But that's the way it is.

In related news, Simone Weil writes, "Christ likes us to prefer truth to him because, before being Christ, he is truth. If one turns aside from him to go toward the truth, one will not go far before falling into his arms."