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Religion a Popular Topic of Discussion Among US Physicians on Sermo
Date:1/20/2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sermo (http://www.sermo.com), the world's largest online community for physicians, today announced its weekly hot topic. Nearly 500 physicians from 38 specialties participated in a Sermo post from a Pediatrician, which asks colleagues "do you believe in eternal life?" Over 54% of respondents report they do believe in the afterlife. Many of the 1,512 comments reflect an interest in a Creator and an afterlife. The overall conversation reflects both a deep, complex thought process among physicians about the afterlife and an ongoing struggle with faith.

One OBGYN states that from an "existential ... perspective, certainly not", but from an intellectual angle, "yes, I believe in eternal life." One Family Medicine Physician states that while he believes in eternal life, he "is not so vain as to believe I will have any idea what it will be like."

A far more common theme among physicians was a hope that there will be an afterlife and a desire to live in the moment regardless. Throughout the discussion are frequent "I hope so's" and even a desperation to believe. As one Family Medicine physician said "maybe... I hope...maybe".

Those who disagree with an afterlife propose that the belief is a product of humans' fear of mortality. One Pathologist argues, "If people believe in an afterlife, why are they so afraid to die?" continuing
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