ResearchSpirituality

The 16 Strivings for God

Psychologist Steven Reiss conducted research on why people gravitate to specific religions. He surveyed 7,700 people from diverse backgrounds and determined that people have sixteen basic desires they seek to align with the religion they choose. 16 Basic DesiresAcceptance – the desire for positive self-regard Curiosity – the desire for…
saguerin
June 15, 2019
Quotes and Insights

Changes in Thought

"All major changes in thought begin as blasphemy."George Bernard Shaw A round Earth, the Industrial Revolution, automobiles, flight, all were initially rejected. What other ideas were resisted at first?
saguerin
June 14, 2019
Quotes and Insights

4,200 Religions

According to one estimate, there are 4,200 different organized religions in the world. Adherents.com: National & World Religion Statistics - Church Statistics - World Religions
saguerin
June 12, 2019
Research

The First Prayer Study

Possibly the earliest study into the effectiveness of prayer comes from the Englishman, Francis Galton (1872) in his article entitled Statistical Inquiries into the Efficacy of Prayer. In this report, the author cited his own examination of the data of life expectancies of clergy and members of the royal houses, both…
saguerin
June 10, 2019
Spirituality

What are Angels?

Angels have a very similar definition across many religions. They are considered spiritual beings, agents, or messengers of God. The word comes from the Greek, agnelos, meaning messenger. In Islam, belief in angels is one of the Six Articles of Faith. In addition, Devas and dharma protectors are types of…
saguerin
June 10, 2019