Commonly, it is
believed that religion is that strong spiritual power that gives you immense
courage and will power in times of need. A recent research has contradicted
this popular belief.
Cancer is defined as
'the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body'. Cancerous cells are
also termed as the malignant cells.
Cancer is one of those
diseases that is believed to be difficult to be cured. According to new
research, the diagnosis of cancer in young people strengthens their faith in
religion provided they are religious.
The scientists said
that challenging situations can only solidify their already existing faith in
According to the
theory of sociology of religion, religious conversions are generally preceded
by some personal catastrophe. An individual's religious feelings are altered by
any confrontation with life-threatening crisis such as diagnosis of cancer.
Dr. Ausker defied this
theory; she interrogated a number of young cancer patients regarding their
perception of religion- both during and after the treatment.
She noted that the
diagnosis of cancer neither made young people lose their faith in religion nor
did it made atheists more religious. It simply strengthened the religious faith
in those individuals who were already religious.
The researcher stated,
"The cancer patients do contemplate existential issues, but that does not
mean that they suddenly start praying or going to church if these religious
practices were not already part of their lives."
She defended her thesis by saying that some
people considered it to be hypocritical to change their religious practices and
beliefs, because of being diagnosed with cancer.