Variety and Essence of Prayer – Interdisciplinary Approaches
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020) | Viewed by 5699
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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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
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