Religion and health: A review and critical analysis

Bruce Y. Lee, Andrew B. Newberg

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Abstract

The study of the relationship between religion and health has grown substantially in the past decade. There is little doubt that religion plays an important role in many people's lives and that this has an impact on their health. The question is how researchers and clinicians can best evaluate the available information and how we can improve upon the current findings. In this essay we review the current knowledge regarding religion and health and also critically review issues pertaining to methodology, findings, and interpretation of these studies. It is important to maintain a rigorous perspective with regard to such studies and also to recognize inherent limitations and suggest constructive ways in which to advance this field of study. In the end, such an approach can provide new information that will improve our understanding of the overall relationship between religion and health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-468
Number of pages26
JournalZygon
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health
  • Methodology
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies

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