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Faith In A Benevolent God Reduces Stress

A new study finds that people who believe in a benevolent God seem to worry less, have less stress in their lives and are more tolerant than people who believe in an indifferent or cruel God. “The implications of this paper for the field of psychiatry are that we have to take patients’ spirituality more seriously than we do,” said lead author of the study, David H. Rosmarin. “Most practitioners are unprepared to conceptualize how spiritual beliefs may contribute to affective states and thus many struggle to integrate such themes into treatment in a spiritually sensitive manner.” More and more physicians and mental health professionals are incorporating faith into their therapeutic models. Faith is playing more of a role in the treatment of many diseases, including drug and alcohol addiction.

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