Can we use science to ascertain whether prayer works? Data from a series of prayer experiments is part of the evidence that US atheist scientist Victor Stenger uses to build the case against God in his best-selling book "God: The failed hypothesis".
David Bartholomew is a Christian and Emeritus Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics. He has written a paper contesting Stenger's use of data to disprove God as invalid.
They debate the issues on whether we can detect or disprove God using scientific methods.
For Victor Stenger see http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/VWeb/Media.html
For David Bartholomew see http://www.djbartholomew.com/
For the Science and Christian Belief Journal his paper will be published in http://www.scienceandchristianbelief.org
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