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What Counts as Scientific Evidence? or, How a Medical Article on Pentecostal Healing in Africa Kicked Over the Hornets’ Nest

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 10:30 AM-12:01 PM

Featured Speaker: Michael McClymond, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Saint Louis University

In 2009, Dr. Michael McClymond from Saint Louis University went as part of a three-person faculty team—including a neuroscientist, an historian, and a theologian—to Mozambique Africa to investigate claims that the Pentecostal laying-on-of-hands and prayer for the sick was effective in bringing about sudden, dramatic improvements in vision and hearing in many cases. When their study showed positive results, and their findings found their way into a peer-reviewed medical journal article, there was international media interest that stretched from Toronto to India and Indonesia. A firestorm of criticism also erupted online from skeptics who held that these results could not possibly have been genuine. Can prayer have a measurable impact on healing? And what should or should not count as scientific evidence in favor of such a claim? You won’t want to miss this investigative look at the healing power of prayer.

Copies of the peer-reviewed journal article will be available for participants.

To be held at:
OASIS at the Center of Clayton
50 Gay Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105

FREE to the first 10 registrants (free spots full).

Cost is $9 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited.

To register call 314-533-8586 or e-mail rsvp@academyofsciencestl.org

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:30 AM-12:01 PM
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