Religion: The Power of the Brief Burst

Christ cursed a fig tree, and in a matter of hours, says the Gospel of Mark (11:20), it was "dried up from the roots." The Rev. Franklin Loehr and his Religious Research Foundation in Los Angeles do not claim such dramatic results, but they are off to a flying start, as reported in a new book (Doubleday; $3.50) titled The Power of Prayer on Plants.

Presbyterian Loehr, 45, was trained as a chemist at Illinois' Monmouth College before he turned to the ministry and "religious research." When he heard six years ago that Duke University's famed extrasensory perceptionist, Dr. Joseph B....

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