Holistic health and well-being: A psycho-spiritual/religious and theological perspective

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Vayalilkarottu, John. (2012). Holistic health and well-being: A psycho-spiritual/religious and theological perspective. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 5(4), pp. 347 - 350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2012.09.010
AuthorsVayalilkarottu, John

Neuro-biological studies have established the perennial teaching of all the world's religious traditions that human persons are primarily religious/spiritual beings. They confirm that religion and spirituality are hardwired into the human brain and into human nature. The transcendental dimension of human nature demands that progress in man's ethical formation and inner growth is the most essential aspect of holistic health. Their experience of the divine led the Hindu sages to commit themselves to establish peace, happiness and well-being for all the human family and the universe. Judeo-Christian theology advocates that human beings created in the image of God have potential for theocentric-transcendence. Catholic theologians like St. Augustine propose that God has made humans for himself and that their hearts are restless until they rest in him.

KeywordsHolistic health; Religion; Spirituality; Catholic theology
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Journal citation5 (4), pp. 347 - 350
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2012.09.010
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84869890140
Page range347 - 350
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