Research

The Spiritual Side of Life

As an academic, I look at the world through the lens of critical inquiry. Presently I am exploring the various religious and spiritual practices that people utilize in their lives and am collecting data through a survey. If you are willing to participate in this survey, I would be grateful! You can find the 10-question survey here (you can also click the blue button below).


All data will be used in aggregate - this means that I will compile the data to look at the general trends and patterns in the data. The data will be used in a book I am writing about prayer and the many roles it plays in people's lives including those for whom it plays no role, or has not worked.


I am expecting robust data on the efficacy of prayer as well as some stories of disappointment in the promise of answers when none come. There are a number of robust research studies published on the efficacy of prayer, including a major one that involved cardiac surgery patients (it didn't prove much in terms of prayer's efficacy). Still, many people report great movement of time and space after engaging in prayer of some sort and I want to learn more about that.


Thanks in advance for your time!

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Modern spiritual teachers remind us that we are not physical beings having random spiritual experiences, rather we are spiritual beings experiencing a physical existence.


While some notable scientists are quick to discount all-things-spiritual; many people have seen healing, prosperity and other miracles show up in their lives in ways that cannot be explained as an inevitable random occurrences. But does it have to be a binary choice?


Do we have to abandon our respect for scientific advancement to embrace the spiritual side of life?


Must we turn our backs on the mystery we've learned and seen to acknowledge that there are some really smart people who have figured out some hard world problems using science?


No.


There is much to be learned and gained from continued scientific research and exploration, but this does not need to replace or exclude the wisdom of the ancients. Scholars of spiritual writings across traditions and cultures find that there are threads of common wisdom to be culled from all of them.


I look forward to new scientific discovery with the same awe and excitement as I do the miracles I see and hear about. There's room in life for it all.