Religion, Spiritual Practices, and Well-Being

  • Angele McGrady
  • Donald Moss


Religion, medicine, and healing have been connected in most cultures and eras. The development of scientific medicine in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries produced a practical divorce between medical care and religion. However, over four decades of research has shown that religious adherence, attendance at services, beliefs, spiritual practices, and sense of purpose in life can all impact health and longevity. This chapter explores the general impact of religion and spirituality on health, reviews research on specific elements of religious engagement and their effects on health, and examines the approaches of two Christian churches that have placed special emphasis on health and healing. The chapter also introduces religious and spiritual practices commonly used for comfort, consolation, and well-being.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angele McGrady
    • 1
  • Donald Moss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.College of Integrative Medicine and Health SciencesSaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA

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