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“I’m ‘spiritual but not religious’ so I take precautions.”

If you’re “spiritual but not religious” be prepared for more affliction- or, at least this seems to be the take-home of a recent study by British researchers, according to a report by WORLD News Service summarized by Religion Today.

Religion Professor Michael King of University College London surveyed more than 7,400 people: 35 percent described themselves as religious, 46 percent described themselves as neither religious nor spiritual, and 19 percent were in the spiritual but not religious category.  The poor souls in this final group were significantly more likely to suffer from a variety of ailments.  They were, according to the British newspaper, The Telegraph…77 percent more likely than the others to be dependent on drugs, 72 percent more likely to suffer from a phobia, and 50 percent more likely to have an anxiety disorder. They were also 40 percent more likely to be receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs, and at a 37 per cent higher risk of neurotic disorder.

 

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