This is mildly interesting.
Researchers Stepping Up Study of Health And Religiosity
Small Field Devoted To Exploring Possible Link Is Expanding Despite Criticism, Lack of Funding
To critics, the few dozen researchers who met this week for a Washington conference are part of an ideological crusade, a modern-day sham meant to infect science with religious belief.
To participants, they are studying what they say is becoming increasingly obvious: the link between a person’s religion or spirituality and their health.
I can’t see any a priori reason why there shouldn’t be a link between general health and religiosity. What on earth is religiosity, though? Responses on a belief questionnaire? Church attendance? Occasional experiences of Merging With the Cosmic All? Seems to me tough to measure in a general way, though I suppose you could start at the high end with monks and priests. And which way does the arrow of causation point? … etc., etc.
Good luck to the researchers, anyway. Alas, nobody on this site has much to hope for. If believing in preposterous fictions makes you healthier — and I say again, I see no a priori reason why it shouldn’t — then we are doomed to ill health.
And if the link does get dispositively proved, the smugness of the believers will be hard to take.