The Harvard Prayer Experiment

The study: With support from the Templeton Foundation, cardiologist Herbert Benson and his colleagues randomly assigned 1802 cardiac bypass patients to one of three conditions:

David’s 1997 statement (PDF) suggesting “Why People of Faith Can Predict Null Effects in the Harvard Prayer Experiment”

Templeton Foundation synopsis:

“The Largest Study of Third-Party Remote Intercessory Prayer Suggests Prayer Not Effective in Reducing Complications Following Heart Surgery”

American Heart Journal synopsis of the study and its results

David’s further commentary on prayer studies:

Arm-twisting with the Almighty. (PDF) Myers, D. G. (2006, April 7). Science & Theology News.

Is prayer clinically effective? Myers, D. G. (2000). Reformed Review, 53(2), 95-102.

Prayer, faith, and health. Myers, D. G. (2000). Reformed Review, 53(2), 119-126.