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Harold G. Koenig

Harold G. Koenig is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Duke University. His ideas have been covered in Newsweek and other news media with regard to religion, spirituality and health, a focus of some of his research and clinical practice. Templeton Foundation has provided great financial support to his activities.


Lawh-i-Tibb, Tablet to a Physician or Tablet of Medicine is a tablet of Bahaullah to Aqa Mirza Muhammad-Riday-i-Tabib-i-Yazdi, a doctor of the old school of medicine. It was written in Akka between 1870 and 1875. In this tablet, Bahaullah gives advice on eating habits and emotions, and the need for medical treatment. It includes a well-known healing prayer by Bahaullah:

Long Healing Prayer

Lawh-i-Antal-Kafi or the Long Healing Prayer is a prayer written in Arabic by Bahaullah, founder of the Bahai Faith, in the Akka period. The authorized English translation was done in 1980 by Habib Taherzadeh and a Committee at the Bahai World Centre. The main part of the prayer consists of numerous rhythmic invocations of God, each ending with the phrase "Thou the Sufficing, Thou the Healing, Thou the Abiding, O Thou Abiding One." The prayer ends with a supplication for healing and protection, and includes the phrase "protect the bearer of this blessed Tablet, and whoso reciteth it, and w ...

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Mental Health, Religion and Culture is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge. It publishes original articles that deal with mental health in relation to religion and spirituality. The journal was established in 1998. The journal is abstracted and indexed by Scopus, Caredata, CINAHL, CommunityWISE, Family Studies Database, PsycINFO, Theology Digest, Sociological Abstracts, Social Care Institute for Excellence, and Religious and Theological Abstracts.

Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research

Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research is a report, originally published in 1999, by a Fetzer Institute / National Institute on Aging working group on the measurement of religion and spirituality. A revised version with a new preface was published in 2003. The book presents a series of 12 self-report questionnaire measures, each focused on a particular aspect of religiousness or spirituality, along with reviews of underlying theory and supporting research. The books purpose is to provide validated measures of spiritual and religious factors in ...

The Psychology of Religion and Coping

The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice by Kenneth Pargament was published in the United States in 1997. It is addressed to professional psychologists and researchers, and has been reviewed in many professional journals. Originally hardbound, it was republished as a paperback in 2001. By 2010, it had been cited more than 450 times in the psychology literature.

Spiritual care in health care professions

As per 2014, more than 70 medical schools in the United States offer courses on spirituality and medicine. The Association of American Medical Colleges has co-sponsored, with the National Institute for Healthcare Research, 4 conferences, on curricular development in spirituality and medicine since 1997.

Religion and coping with trauma

One of the most common ways that people cope with trauma is through the comfort found in religious or spiritual practices. Psychologists of religion have performed multiple studies to measure the positive and negative effects of this coping style. Leading researchers have split religious coping into two categories: positive religious coping and negative religious coping. Individuals who use positive religious coping are likely to seek spiritual support and look for meaning in a traumatic situation. Negative religious coping expresses conflict, question, and doubt regarding issues of God an ...

Well-being contributing factors

Well-being is a much-studied topic in psychology, especially positive psychology. Related concepts are eudaimonia, happiness, flourishing, quality of life, contentment, and meaningful life.