In Tough Times, Religion Can Offer a Sturdy Shelter — And May Cure What Ails Us

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Many recent studies have shown that religious observance can strengthen resilience to stress and illness.
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By Melvin Konner
The Wall Street Journal
June 30, 2017 9:36 a.m. ET

Zealots in our time have spilled enough blood in the name of religion that some authors—for instance, the late Christopher Hitchens in “God Is Not Great”—have blamed religious feeling itself for evil deeds. But a flood of recent research has shown how faith strengthens resilience to stress, including illness. A new study extends that research to Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

Strikingly, many of these studies on faith have come out over the past few years. Some are U.S.-based: Research published in May found that among over 5,000 American adults, regular churchgoers had better physiological stress measures and lower mortality. The Black Women’s Health Study reported in April that it had found a similar mortality benefit…

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