Studies: Churchgoers Live Longer, Jesus May Have Walked on Ice

Two big religious revelations to bring you. The first is a new study says that regular churchgoers live an average of 3.1 more years than non-churchgoers.

Daniel Hall, a Pittsburgh medical doctor and Episcopal priest, has published the results of a “meta-analysis” – a study of previous studies – in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine that “demonstrates a robust but small association” between weekly attendance at religious services and a longer life.

If you’re Catholic, like many of my relatives, you spend that extra 3.1 years in church, so it’s kind of a wash, but it’s still an interesting study.

The second “study” is more of an elastic theory. Some scientist has put forth the following as a possible theory to explain how Jesus may have “appeared” to have walked on water:

Rare conditions could have conspired to create hard-to-see ice on the Sea of Galilee that a person could have walked on back when Jesus is said to have walked on water.

So, not only was Jesus the son of God, but he could have been the world’s first hockey player as well?

If Jesus was in fact walking on ice, I would think that skeptics of the day would have been able to figure that one out. It’s amazing how far out some people will go to explain stories they may consider far out, often ending up farther out than the original far out. Make sense? Me neither.

The scientist, Doron Nof, a Florida State University Professor of Oceanography, was going to duplicate the event, but he backed out, citing cold feet.

Sorry… it’s just one of those days.


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