Special Issue "Variety and Essence of Prayer – Interdisciplinary Approaches"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: mind-body medicine approaches; spirituality and health; quality of life; coping; questionnaire development; integrative medicine; clinical studies; health service research; spiritual dryness; awe
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Interests: Systematic theology; Changes of Faith in modern societies; Theology of Prayer; Franciscan Spirituality
Prayers have different forms and functions in different religious traditions. They are used to praise God in times of health and wealth, but also to cope in times of insecurity and suffering, or to re-connect with the Sacred. Moreover, apart from the theistic types of prayer, there are other forms which have similar structures (i.e., mantras, affirmations, blessings, etc.) and often similar functions but are less described and analyzed in detail.
This Special Issue raises the question of the essence and function of prayer and therefore focuses on all different forms of praying in different religious traditions:
- Empirical and qualitative studies on the usage of prayers and related effects (private prayer, intercessory prayers);
- Praying in different social and religious groups;
- Prayer in its hermeneutical, epistemological, and performative implications;
- Theological and anthropological studies on its religious and cultural relevance;
- Forms, types, and function of prayers to connect with God (i.e., praise/worship, petitionary, ritual, liturgical, reflexive, etc.), inclusively religious songs and silent prayers (contemplation) as specific forms
This Special Issue should thus become a relevant resource of studies in this wide field and invites all related disciplines, i.e., theology, philosophy of religion, psychology, sociology, literary studies, anthropology, medicine, etc.
Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing
Dr. Stefan Walser
Manuscript Submission Information
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Prayer is a complex and multidimensional concept, sometimes not properly considered as a relevant element for social structure. In the Christian world, prayer is a timeless tradition, even prior to Christianity. With its diffusion through the Roman Empire and the constitution of the European territory and culture, prayer became a fact where hope, culture, art and belief in God or in a transcendent reality converged. Structural anthropology demonstrates that this reality is transversal in all peoples and cultures. In health-related field, now there are evidences of the importance of prayer and spiritual care for well-being, feeling of comfort, preservation of self-care, and calm facing death. Evidences from research show that faith, prayer and spirituality have therapeutic effects on patients and family caregivers. A growing consensus in the literature has suggested that the presence of a spiritual dimension is an indicator of positive adjustment to the illness treatment, coping with diseases and stress reduction. Among the reasons for a positive association between religion and health is the fact that religious beliefs and practices can evoke positive emotions. Moreover, studies are showing that prayer and faith can boost the immune system.