Joan D. Koss-Chioino and Philip Hefner's new volume is unique in exploring the meaning of spiritual transformation and healing with new research from a scientific perspective. An interdisciplinary group of contributors-anthropological, psychological, medical, theological, and biological scientists-investigate the role of religious communities and healing practitioners, with spiritual transformation as their medium of healing. Individual authors evaluate the meaning of spiritual transformations and the consequences for those who experience it; the contributions of indigenous healing systems; new frameworks for neurological and physiological correlates of transformative religious experiences; the support from neuroscience for the radical empathy and intersubjective exchange that takes place in healing practices; and evidence for universal elements of the healing process. This exciting new book will be an invaluable resource for those generally interested in the role of religion in society, across the sciences, social sciences, and all religious traditions. With a foreword by Solomon H. Katz.
Finding our way through new terrain -- Exploring spiritual transformation and healing : fundamental issues / Philip Hefner and Joan D. Koss-Chioino -- The meaning of spiritual transformation / Kenneth I. Pargament -- The spirit of spiritual healing in the United States / David J. Hufford and Mary Ann Bucklin -- Traditional and indigenous healing systems : anthropological perspectives -- Spiritual transformation and radical empathy in ritual healing and therapeutic relationships / Joan D. Koss-Chioino -- Radical empathy, gender, and shamanic healing : examples from Peru / Bonnie Glass-Coffin -- Sustainable faith? : reconfiguring shamanic healing in Siberia / Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer -- The making of a shaman : a comparative study of Inuit, African, and Nepalese shaman initiation / Edith L.B. Turner -- Spiritual transformation and healing from religious perspectives -- Spiritual transformation and healing : an encounter with the sacred / Philip Hefner -- Spiritual transformation and healing in light of an evolutionary theology / Karl E. Peters -- Personal transformation : perspectives from psychology and Christianity / Fraser Watts -- Spiritual growth, cognition, and complexity : faith as a dynamic process / Carol Rausch Albright -- Neuroscientific perspectives on spiritual transformation and healing -- The neurobiology of spiritual transformation / Andrew Newberg -- Narrative in holistic healing : empathy, sympathy, and simulation theory / Michael L. Spezio -- Healing of the self-in-context : memory, plasticity, and spiritual practice / David Allen Hogue -- Clinical perspectives on spiritual transformation and healing -- Spirituality, spiritual experiences, and spiritual transformations in the face of HIV / Gail Ironson, Heidemarie Kremer, and Dale S. Ironson -- Spiritual engagement and transformation in cancer patients : the experience of the patient, the role of the physician / Jean L. Kristeller and Leonard M. Hummel.
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 19th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America