A recently-released study confirms previous findings that depression is less likely when individuals report that religion and spirituality is highly important to them.
The study, from researchers at East China Normal University, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatry Institute looked at families at higher risk for depression. Here is what they concluded:
High importance of R/S beliefs minimizes brain differences otherwise associated with familial risk for depression. In summary, individuals at high familial risk for depression typically share a neural signature that is similar to the one that can be found in those at low familial risk, as long as they take R/S beliefs as highly important.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/brb3.1209
In summary, if individuals from higher-depression-risk family units expressed that faith was highly important to them, their brain was basically the same as those of individuals from low-risk families.
This is astounding. Although faith continues to decline among rapidly-secularizing western nations, the reality is that faith isn’t some mumbo-jumbo anachronism.
Not at all. Faith has a real and substantial effect on the well-being of humanity. And science can even detect it – if allowed to.