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Editor's Correspondence
June 24, 2002

God, Science, and Intercessory Prayer—Reply

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(12):1422. doi:

In reply

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to comments about our article. Dr Bolton insinuates that it was a veiled attempt to promote a theological agenda. This is curious, as our sole motivation was to show—philosophically, scientifically, conceptually, theologically—that intercessory prayer studies as currently constituted do not make sense. Moreover, Dr Bolton got this impression when the majority of our article was a decidedly untheological critique of the literature, a literature that Dr Bolton himself has critiqued.1 We used specific details from the studies to support our arguments, and our "theological presuppositions" were borrowed from various traditions. Our primary religious allusion (Massah) was metaphorical. How this constitutes a theological agenda is unclear.

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