Into My Baths, O Lourdes

Question from Jacob:
Hey, have you ever heard of Lourdes, probably? In any case, how do you explain the alleged scientifically proven miracles that happen there every year?

Answer by SmartLX:
Yes, I know of Lourdes and its magical healing spring water. It is just that, relatively pure potable water that comes through in the grotto in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France.

Anywhere associated with the Virgin Mary (“Our Lady”, owing to claimed visions of her in Lourdes in 1858) is miracle country for Catholics, so sick Catholics come in their thousands to bathe in the grotto. Some get better, and credit their holy bath. Others don’t, and generally keep their mouths shut about it. None of the recoveries are scientifically attributable to the Lourdes experience, because the water has no discernible effect besides cleansing and hydration (not to mention the possible transmission of viruses and bacteria from the thousands of other sick people) but correlation is as good as causation when you want something to be true badly enough. Scientific proof of any miracles is definitely only alleged at this point.

4 thoughts on “Into My Baths, O Lourdes”

  1. As for the magic fire or whatever it’s name is, my son translated a book of a Greek religious fanatic, into his own native tongue, mine, of course, so I read all the c.rap. It IS c.rap. No serious scientist has ever been admitted there, coming non invited and with the unprepared host. The explanation is simple of course, but only we atheists read and know about it. The religious folks don’t want the truth. They want their delusion to go on till they die and ‘see’ the next ‘life’, all without their bodies and sensory organs, no brain either , as if before they died they had some, to feel the ‘love’. oh, shit.

  2. Jacob writes: [In any case, how do you explain the alleged scientifically proven miracles that happen there every year?]

    Jacob, I recommend posting some of these scientifically proven miracles for us to examine. That would seem to me to be the most direct way for everyone to confront the evidence. Something published in a medical journal would be nice. I always hear about miracles, but yet the stories always lack details, and corroboration, and empirical data. Almost makes one think they aren’t really a thing…

  3. Scientifically proven miracles ?!
    Unfortunately, that sounds like a contradiction in terms, mate.

    Lourdes sounds a bit like faith healing … some temporary relief comes to the devotee out of peer pressure / psychosomatic impact of deep belief in the power of the place.
    Probably doesn’t last too long.
    However, I’ll give you this, what I hear of the state of medical care in some places sometimes makes me think that I’d rather trust Lourdes than a doctor 🙂
    But that’s just me … suspicious of people happy to poke stuff into me (even if its just for measurement and analysis). I’m all for completely non-invasive diagnosis … now that’ll be a real miracle.

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