Witnessing and Experiencing Miraculous Healings and Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • Shane SharpEmail author
Research Note


Drawing on insights from cognitive psychology, I argue that the religious experiences of witnessing and/or experiencing a miraculous physical healing event will be negatively associated with attitudes towards physician-assisted suicide. I evaluate this argument using data from the 2007 wave of the Baylor Religion Survey (N = 1598). I find that those who have witnessed and/or experienced a miraculous physical healing have more negative attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide than those who have not witnessed and/or experienced such an event, even when controlling for religiosity, sociodemographic, and personality factors. These results show that researchers should consider if and how religious experiences influence people’s attitudes.


Miraculous healing Physician-assisted suicide Religious experience 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthern Illinois UniversityDekalbUSA

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