Saturday, 17 September 2011

Evolution Researchers: Christianity Inspires Believers to Care for the Sick

Jesus’ example inspires Christians to care for the sick, new study shows. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Recently, David Hughes, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues presented their research results on religion and epidemics. Richard Dawkins and every other extreme atheist should definitely read their conclusions.

Christianity in particular inspires believers to care for the sick, even for complete strangers. According to the theory of evolution this does not make sense but Jesus gave His followers an example: ” I was sick and you looked after me” (Matt. 25: 36, NIV), He said in the parable of the sheep and goats.

In contrast, Muslims and Jews tend to have a more fatalistic view of diseases: they regard them as acts of God and are not so eager to help the sick.

The gospel is a manifestation of God’s love towards fallen mankind. It inspires Christians to care for the sick.


Pennisi, Elizabeth. 2011. Does Religion Influence Epidemics? Science NOW (23 August).