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Conversations in religion and the healing arts

Thursday, 15 October, 7:30 am9:00 am AEDT

Online panel discussion and public colloquium


Anna Rebecca Solevåg, Professor of New Testament, VID University, Stavanger, Norway
“Medical knowledge and religious conviction in the midst of a pandemic”

There are notions of contagion and pollution in the New Testament, for example connected to lepers, to blood and to demon possession. What kind of medical knowledge about contagion and the spread of disease existed at the time of Jesus? How did the first Christians negotiate this knowledge – did it conflict with their religious conviction? And how can we use these historical insights as a resource in the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic?

David M. Craig, Professor of Religious Studies, IUPUI, Indianapolis
“Health, wellness, and responsibility: Learning to connect”

Partnering with Indianapolis congregations in underserved neighborhoods teaches two lessons. These congregations support wellness in unappreciated ways, and their neighbors routinely face social distancing from essential services and moral distancing by fellow citizens. Repairing U.S. health care will require learning to connect health to wellness and personal responsibility to community support.

Wendy Mayer, Associate Dean for Research, Australian Lutheran College
“Insights from the brain: Neurobiology, religion, and wellbeing”

Insights from experimental neurobiology emphasize the intimate connection between the physical, mental, and spiritual health of not just individuals but whole societies. Speaking in a big picture way, I introduce in brief both positive and negative ways in which the ‘dark side of the mind’ intersects with religion to influence our health and behavior. I will also tease out in brief some of the implications for current and future public policy, using the more familiar Australasian context as my example.

Pre-registration Required

To pre-register and receive the invitation with link, please email Susan.Holman@valpo.edu

This event is sponsored by Christ College and by the John R. Eckrich Chair in Religion and the Healing Arts at Valparaiso University, Indiana, United States of America.


Thursday, 15 October
7:30 am–9:00 am CDT
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