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Religion and Health: A Synthesis 

Religion and Health: A Synthesis
Religion and Health: A Synthesis

Tyler J. VanderWeele

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date: 16 September 2021

This review is concerned with the relationships between religion and health. Its principal purpose is to provide an overview of the empirical research literature on this relationship, relating different forms of religious participation, especially religious service attendance, to various health outcomes. However, it also briefly considers theological and religious traditions and themes concerning health, healing, and wholeness. It further reviews interventions related to religious communities that promote health, considers relations between the empirical literature on religion and health and the theological/religious traditions, and discusses where there is convergence, where there is tension, and where various open questions for further reflection and research remain. It concludes with a number of summary propositions attempting to capture the major themes of the present survey.

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