From the Daily Express last Saturday:
Live longer - start going to church
GOING to church every week can help you live longer, say scientists.
In fact, attend two services a week and you can cut your chances of dying by 20 per cent.
The remarkable findings come from a vast, long-term US government-funded study of the health of 92,000 women. The difference in death rates cannot be explained away by factors like social support provided by the church, or the possibility that religious people lead healthier lifestyles, said study leader Dr Eliezer Schnall
“There is something going on here that we don't quite understand," he added from his base at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
The findings, published in the journal Psychology and Health, were based on interviews with Christians aged 50 to 80.
They came from all denominations and were questioned over eight years.
Now, far be it from me to question "scientists". Especially from such a prestigious place as "the Albert Einstein College of Medicine".
But - am I missing something here? Because that sentence "attend two services a week and you can cut your chances of dying by 20 per cent" just has me worried. I mean, either there is 100% chance of me dying. Or, there is 100% of me having eternal life and I still get that even if I only go to the 8am service. (Faith in Jesus being the necessary qualification last time I checked; mind you, last Sunday I went to four services, so perhaps I have an 80% chance of living?)
Lies, damned lies and the Daily Express. As Benjamin Disraeli so succinctly put it.