Religion and Spirituality News

Non-Religious Friends, R-rated Films May Lessen Importance of Faith in Teens

November 1st, 2013
Non-Religious Friends, R-rated Films May Lessen Importance of Faith in Teens A new study by a Baylor University researcher discovered viewing R-rated movies is associated with decreased church attendance and seems to lessen the ...

For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits

October 30th, 2013
For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits Mental and psychological trauma is traditionally viewed as tragic and unequivocally damaging. A new philosophical view of suffering shows that trauma, however terrible, may have distinct benefits. Researchers at Tel ...

Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious Tithing

October 23rd, 2013
Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious TithingNew research suggests that people who have had what they believe to be supernatural experiences are more likely to provide generous donations to their church. The philanthropic donations of time ...

No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics & Mental Health Problems

August 21st, 2013
No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics and Mental Health ProblemsThe use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, such as magic mushrooms or peyote, does not increase a person's risk of developing mental health ...

Benefits of Drinking May Be Overstated for Many

July 22nd, 2013
Benefits of Drinking Probably Overstated An oft-cited statistic suggests that non-drinkers have a higher mortality risk than do moderate drinkers. But researchers also acknowledge that consumption of more alcohol increases the ...

Acceptance Can Be Key to Happiness Later in Life

July 14th, 2013
Acceptance Can Be Key to Happiness Later in Life  Accepting what cannot be changed is the key to happiness for older adults who lose their independence, according to a new ...

Going to Synagogue Improves Happiness, Health

June 25th, 2013
Synagogue Attendance Improves Happiness and Health Two new studies suggest that synagogue attendance is associated with better health and happiness for Israeli Jewish adults, as compared to their non-religious counterparts. Baylor University researchers also ...

Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults

June 14th, 2013
Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults  Baylor University researchers have discovered young adults who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious" are more ...

Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’

May 4th, 2013
Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of 'Fight or Flight' A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the "flight ...

Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes

April 26th, 2013
Belief in God Improves Mental Health Outcomes A new study suggests belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness. Researchers followed patients receiving care from ...