to this web site and welcome to the Religious Research Foundation.
Religious Research Foundation was established more than 50 years ago to
address the unfortunate chasm between religion and science. Since its inception a few centuries ago, science has enabled
humankind to gain new knowledge and explore the universe.
science has concentrated its efforts strictly in the physical realm.
The non-material realm – also called the “spiritual” – was
left to religion to explore, explain and claim.
Both science and religion claimed to explore, know and express the
truth; yet each limited itself to a narrow realm of the Truth.
comfortable separation of arenas of authority has left science
unfortunately valueless, so that our development of technology continues
apace without serious thought given to the impact of such technology on
society. Sadder still, religion has continued well into the modern era
defending its traditional ways of claiming knowledge – authority,
tradition, speculation, personal experience and intuition – without the
benefit of the deeper understanding of Truth which scientific method makes
Einstein spoke of this when he wrote in Out
of My Later Years: “Science without religion is lame, religion
without science is blind.”
as science would benefit from a mature values orientation, so also would
religion benefit from scientific inquiry.
Thus reasoned Dr. Franklin Loehr, founder of the Religious Research
Foundation. Dr. Loehr went on to publish a best-seller in 1959 titled The
Power of Prayer on Plants, which outlined his extensive scientific
experiments documenting that prayer measurably affected the growth rate of
plants in scientifically controlled experiments.
Loehr’s research later took him into areas that challenged both current
scientific thought and current religious thought.
Working with a spirit guide, commonly referred to as “Dr.
John,” Dr. Loehr channeled and conducted thousands of Life Readings for
individuals. In doing so he created a vast reservoir of information about
the purpose and process of human life and growth on earth, as well as the
essential role of reincarnation in this process.
Research continues to be committed to benefiting humankind through shining
the light of new knowledge and clarity into the arena which has been
called “religion,” and is more often called “spiritual” today.
We believe that religion is the process through which people
recognize, understand and demonstrate their spirituality.
Dr. Loehr’s death in 1988, Religious Research has focused on developing
better understanding among the world’s religions, and between
traditional Christianity and New Age spiritual thought.
We do this through a focus on the spiritual, as Spirit transcends
religious doctrine. Applying
the wisdom of Dr. John to daily life, we encourage people of all religious
traditions, or no religious tradition, to live lives of spiritual
awareness and power.