• Confirms through the findings of rigorous scientific and empirical research the connections between faith and physical and psychological health
• Explores the topic in relation to mainstream organized religions like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as alternative spiritualities like I Ching, Transcendentalism, and yoga
• Examines verifiable proof of biochemical and chemical changes in the brain and body that correspond to spiritual experiences
• 55 distinguished contributors, representing numerous religious traditions, research disciplines, and psychospiritual perspectives, from North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe
• Graphic illustrations of brain functions under varied conditions with various electrical and chemical stimuli, as well as a graphic depiction of personal narrative material
"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
Whether they are followers of Christianity and Judaism, or other practices like yoga and Transcendentalism, human beings have long reported life-shaping experiences that many attribute to direct spiritual intervention. But more and more, these experiences and the physical and psychological well-being they bring are not just matters of faith. They are experiences around which scientific research is getting a firmer grip and far greater understanding.