Religion, Spirituality, and Health

Wendy Cadge

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Religion, Spirituality, and Health


This article addresses the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health from an institutional perspective. Most research on this relationship ignores the institutional aspects of health provision and care. From a sociological perspective this is self-defeating, the discussion argues, for if research agendas included institutional dimensions, they could greatly enhance the knowledge of the specific relationship in itself, and at the same time provide an appropriate contextual frame for discussing and debating a host of other issues relating religion, spirituality, and health, such as health-care workers' religious and moral obligations, spiritually oriented alternative medical approaches, and spiritual and medical intervention at the end of life.

Keywords: health provision; health care; institutional dimensions; spirituality; medical intervention; end of life

Article.  9130 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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