One-third of Americans believe prayer alone can heal mental illness

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One-third of Americans believe prayer and Bible study alone can overcome serious mental illness, according to a recent survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

The same study found nearly half – 48 percent – of evangelical, fundamentalist, or born-again Christians believed faith could heal mental problems.

The survey also found most Americans – 68 percent – would feel welcome in church if they were mentally ill.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said Christians “care about those affected by mental illness.” He’s also glad churches are seen as “a welcome place for those with depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.”

He worries some Christians see mental illness as a character flaw rather than a medical condition.

The LifeWay Research study asked the questions on faith and mental illness as part of a telephone survey of 1,001 Americans.

Read more via LifeWay Newsroom here.