Oxford University plans to find out:
Oxford University scientists will carry out experiments on hundreds of people in a bid to understand how the brain works during states of consciousness.
One aspect of the two-year study will involve followers of both religious and secular beliefs being burnt to see if they can handle more pain than others.
Some volunteers will be shown religious symbols such as crucifixes and images of the Virgin Mary during the tests.
I think I'll pass on the opportunity to volunteer for that. In the meantime try Hebrews 11:36-40.
[Bonus points to Cronaca for her post headline: "Nobody expects the Oxford Inquisition" found via Instapundit]