Religious Healing

Issue of health, illness, and well-being play major roles in most religious traditions. Chiefly, sociologists of religion have addressed these issues by adopting either of the following two perspectives: (1) On the one hand, they have looked at how health problems that are particularly relevant in society have been taken up and confronted by religious communities. (2) On the other hand, scholars have explored how religious communities have developed their own ideologies and beliefs about health, thereby shaping and pushing existing attitudes and meanings of health in certain directions. After describing how classical sociology has framed the connections between religion and health, this entry will chart the ways in which contemporary religious dynamics are shaped by concerns over health and how they differ in ...

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