Religion, Health, and the Psychology of Religion: How the Research on Religion and Health Helps Us Understand Religion

  title={Religion, Health, and the Psychology of Religion: How the Research on Religion and Health Helps Us Understand Religion},
  author={James William Jones},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
  • J. Jones
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • Journal of Religion and Health
An increasing replication of studies find a correlation between religious belief and practice and mental and physical health and longevity. This paper discusses some of the implications of this research for the ways in which religion might understood psychologically. Most interpretations of this data focus on the presence of one or more mediating variables. This paper argues that the presence of these mediating factors helps us understand more precisely some of the ways in which religion… 
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