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"…there are logical, scientific, and metaphysical reasons for not seriously investigating such a notion as the healing power of prayer. The idea is logically contradictory, scientifically preposterous, and metaphysically demeaning. It requires God to be perfect and imperfect, it makes a mockery of the notion of scientific tests of causality, and it belittles the Omnipotent Infinite God, if such exists, and ignores the possibility of lesser supernatural powers interfering with nature in untold ways." (The Skeptic's Dictionary)