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 of whom were assumed to pray more than the general population and to be supported more through intercessory prayer than anyone else. However, the study results indicated the opposite trend with physicians and lawyers outlasting clergy, and missionaries not living any longer than commoners.Continue reading
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 angelic beings in Buddhism. Other religions believe each person has their own guardian angel to help them throughout life.
The Judeo-Christian Bible provides detailed descriptions of angels, with different powers, abilities, and names. Interestingly, when angles are mentioned in these scriptures, they usually appear in human form.