Psychoneuroimmunology and Western Religious Traditions


in The Link Between Religion and Health

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143607
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893256 | DOI:
Psychoneuroimmunology and Western Religious Traditions

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The terms Eastern and Western religions do not really correspond to the Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the earth but rather to the religious traditions born in the Near East, North Africa, and Europe (Western) versus those born in countries of the Far East (Eastern). However, this difference is not wholly geographic. The terms Eastern and Western also refer to a fundamental difference in an individual's view of life, of God, and of his or her relationship to both. This chapter discusses the implications of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) research for members of Western religious traditions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, in which God is understood in monotheistic and personal terms. It discusses the importance of personal relationship and emotional disclosure as they are expressed in Western religious traditions, along with the role of religion in health including mortality and morbidity, the link between PNI, spirituality and supernatural healing.

Keywords: psychoneuroimmunology; Western religious traditions; Christianity; Judaism; Islam; mortality; supernatural healing; spirituality; morbidity

Chapter.  4832 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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