Strange Bed fellows?

Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador

in Heal Thyself

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154696
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784714 | DOI:
 Strange Bed fellows?

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In the past 30 years, physicians and social scientists have begun to study the salutary effects of religious belief and practice on mental and physical health, concluding in general that a correlation exists between religiosity and health. Recently, some of these researchers have written for popular audiences, books and articles advocating religiosity for its health benefits. Generally speaking, these authors assume the existence of religion as such and of a universal human capacity for religiosity. This chapter suggests that the religion of this contemporary rapprochement is a distinctly modern phenomenon, a product of contemporary culture's cult of the self‐interested individual and a variant of the ancient Christian heresy called Gnosticism.

Keywords: contemporary rapprochement; Gnosticism; health; religion; religiosity

Chapter.  10682 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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