“Faithful Facts” (Under the Juniper Tree S3E4)



Season 3, Episode 4
For Thursday, April 7, 2016
“Faithful Facts”

HOST: Andrew Crowe




Show Notes:

  • On this episode of The Juniper Tree, Andrew discusses the results of a study done on those experiencing depression and loneliness and what effects a relationship with God has on them.

Outline of this episode:

Salvation Week: Faithful Facts

  • In the past, there has been research performed in the realm of religion, spirituality, and health.

  • Two questions were asked before the studies:

     – What is meant by religion and spirituality? The search for God, the divine, the sacred, and supernatural, as well as that which surpasses ordinary thoughts and feelings.

     – How do you measure that? Affiliation and Attendance.

  • What were the findings of the studies?

    –  29% better chance of good results during follow up exams for the faithful.

    –  Those who report a closer relationship to God  experience less depression, higher self-esteem, less loneliness, greater relational maturity, and greater social competence.

  • Religious coping adds a unique component to stressful life events.

  •  Summary: Spirituality and religion have been linked to a long life and health.

  • What does that mean for us?

  •  Proverbs 9:11

    ·         Better Quantity Life

    ·         Better Quality Life

    ·         Greater Hope at the End of this Life

Episode Resources:

  • Hill, P.C., &Pargament, K.I. (2003). Advances in the conceptualization and measurement of religion and spirituality: Implications for physical and mental health research. American Psychologist, 58 (1), 64-74.

  • Koenig, H.G., McCullough, M.E., and Larson, D.B. (2001). Handbook of religion and health. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Tix, A.P., and Frazier, P.A. (1998). The use of religious coping during stressful life events: Main effects, moderation and meditation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 411-422.

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