Kræften og kraften. Hverdagskristendom i et netværksteologisk perspektiv. Af cand.theol., ph.d. Christine Tind Johannessen-Henry

I bogen “Kræften og Kraften. Hverdagskristendom i et netværksteologisk perspektiv” har cand.theol., ph.d. Christine Tind Johannessen-Henry undersøgt, hvordan kristendom eksisterer i vores hverdagsliv. Bogen handler om de måder, tro viser sig på, når vi er blevet ramt af begivenheder som alvorlig sygdom, og om troens intensitet, når vi er truet på vores eksistens. Fremstillingen er en rejse gennem hverdagssituationer, hvor elementer af en kristen fortolkningstradition konstant dukker frem og udfolder sig i forskellige sammenhænge, gennem uensartede materialer og på anderledes, nye, skæve og finurlige måder.

I hverdagen eksisterer kristendom aldrig som ’ren’, og den kan udspille sig på ganske uortodokse måder. Mere konkret lyder spørgsmålet: Hvad er det for en hverdagstro, man møder som præst og sjælesørger, som sygeplejerske, læge, psykolog og terapeut? Interessen i mødet gør det samtidig magtpåliggende at se gennem et ‘passende’ perspektiv: Hvordan kan man – teologisk set – møde og dermed forstå den vildtvoksende og ofte temmelig utilpassede hverdagstro? Hvordan kan mangfoldig hverdagstro forstås konstruktivt, dvs. som en ressource for teologien, frem for som et problem?

Mere information om bogen kan findes på Det Teologiske Fakultets hjemmeside

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“The epidemiology of lost meaning: A study in psychology of religion and existential public health in a Swedish context” by Cecilia A. Melder

Dear Network,

Cecilia A. Melder, a psychologist of religion from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden, has finished her treatise “The epidemiology of lost meaning: A study in psychology of religion and existential public health in a Swedish context”.

Abstract

The existential dimension has gained importance in health studies in the last decades (Moreira-Almeida & Koenig, 2006; DeMarinis, 2008). Little Swedish research exists in this area. A pilot study was conducted in a suburban Stockholm, Church of Sweden parish. Research question was: “How does the existential dimension of health, understood as the ability to create and maintain a functional meaning-makings system, affect the person’s self-rated health and quality of life?” Theoretical framework included: health research focusing the existential dimension; public health through psychology of religion; and, object-relations theory. The mixed-methods format included semi-structured interviews, and surveys: 1) on meaning-making, and 2) Swedish pilot translation of WHOQOL-SRPB (self-rated health and quality of life including spirituality, religiousness and personal beliefs). Central results showed a positive relation between the existential health dimension and: overall ratings of physical, mental, social, and environmental health (p = .008); the overall existential health dimension and mental health (p = .008); and, social health (p= .046) and, the combined health items “How do you feel?” and “How satisfied are you with your health?” (p = .001). These results find support in WHO’s health perspective, and are linked to DeMarinis’ health dimensions and Winnicott’s understanding of potential space. Health dimensions: physical, mental, social, ecological and existential, are closely interlinked. The existential dimension is important through interaction with the others, and through its function as an autonomous health dimension. The study underlines the need for – and offers a culturally-tested method and model to explore existential needs in this secularized context.

Click here to download the treatise.

“Hvad i alverden er meningen? Om at leve med kronisk sygdom og handicap” by Lisbeth Riisager Henriksen (red.)

On April 14 the book “Hvad i alverden er meningen? Om at leve med kronisk sygdom og handicap” by Lisbeth Riisager Henriksen (red.) was published. This book is about living with a chronic disease and handicap.

Thesis by Susan Strang: EXISTENTIAL CHALLENGES AND COPING IN PALLIATIVE CANCER CARE – Experiences of patients and family members

Susan Strang has defended a ph.d.-thesis at the Karolinske Institutet in Sweden in 2008 with the title Existential Challenges and Coping in Palliative Care – Experiences of patients and family members. It is now available here.

She has other interesting article with relevance for the field of faith and health, published with her brother Peter Strang:

Existential pain–an entity, a provocation, or a challenge? (2004)

Questions posed to hospital chaplains by palliative care patients. (2002)

Spiritual needs as defined by Swedish nursing staff. (2002)

Her brother has long published in the field of palliative care with articles relating to existential concerns, see pubmed.com for more info.

New book on ethnic minorities in the health and social services

A new book on ethnic minorities in Denmark entitled “Tro, omsorg og interkultur – erfaringer fra social- og sundhedsområdet” has been published.

Follow this link to read more about the book: http://www.gyldendal-akademisk.dk/Newsletter/NyhedsbrevHansReitzel/Socialogsundhedsfag/Tro%20omsorg%20og%20interkultur.aspx?email=lk@ga-forlagene.dk&us_safe_id=35154U75C11803F34C

Society without God

“Society without God” is a new book by the american sociologist of religion Phil Zuckerman. “Society without God” describes Phil Zuckermans researchproject about Denmark and the religiousness of the Danes.

Why are the Danes less religious than the rest of the world? And how can their society work anyway? These are some of the questions that Phil Zuckerman asks in this book.

New book about the Danish mentality and institutions

“I hjertet af Danmark” (In the heart of Denmark) is a new book about mentalities and institutions in Denmark written by Peter Gundelach; Hans Raun Iversen; Margit Warburg. Hans Reitzels Forlag, København 2008

Does Mountains move Faith?

New book of the meaning of life; of religion and health: Christoffer Johansen and Niels Christian Hvidt (ed). Gyldendal 2008.

For more information: kanbjergeflyttetroen.dk