The connection between religion and health has been studied many times with different -- and sometimes contrasting -- results.
But now the Templeton Foundation Press has created a new Web site called Spirit-Health Connections that is designed to give health care providers, spiritual counselors, patients and others help in understanding the spiritual needs of people with illness and how to assist them.
It appears to hold promise, though I'm guessing it will develop more offerings and become more useful as time goes on.
So far it provides fairly basic information, including a section about the roles of chaplains and others, and it creates a place to ask experts questions.
Naturally, because it's sponsored by a book publisher it offers you a chance to look over some of its books in this field and buy them.
This may not be the be-all, end-all site on health and spirituality, but it seems like a good addition to the arena. Surf around the site and let us know what you think.
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NEWMAN? WHICH NEWMAN?
When I read here that the Vatican was considering making Newman a saint, I thought that was pretty quick for Paul. But It's not Paul, it's Cardinal John Henry Newman. By the way, watch for a piece I've written for later this week in the FYI section of The Star about when Paul Newman lived with my family. Oh, he did, too.
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P.S.: When I wrote here about a decade to celebrate Martin Luther the other day, some of you wrote comments about some anti-Jewish and other things Luther wrote. Some of that is covered in my longish essay, "Anti-Judaism in Christian History," which you can read by clicking on it under the "Check this out" headline on the right side of this page.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.