Holistic Theology: A holistic minister or practitioner of health, healing and counseling
An interfaith perspective bridges the gaps between religions, faiths, and spiritual paths. An interfaith perspective provides understanding, rather than condemnation, developing that understanding through a
consistent effort to study the various rituals, liturgies, ceremonies, prayers, and spiritual experiences of the various world religions and spiritual paths.
Overall, holistic theology studies are the discovery of liberation and healing through committed spiritual leadership based on holistic thinking. Holistic theology studies are modeled on the ministry of Jesus, and defined by healing, teaching, resolving and nourishing.
Holistic theology studies are geared toward attaining knowledge in how to not only help one self but how to assist others in becoming healthy in mind, body and spirit.
In general, holistic theology studies teach students how to become a holistic minister or practitioner of both health and healing; and comprehensive training on how to develop a successful counseling practice.
Just how does Holistic Theology work?
While double-blind studies on the efficacy of Holistic Theology are in short supply, several double-blind studies suggest the effectiveness of Holistic Theology. Those clinical studies prove the efficacy of Christian faith healing combined with competent medical care. In an article entitled, "The power of prayer––divine intervention, quantum physics or a matter of mere quackery," appearing in the 24 October 2001 issue of the London Daily Telegraph, Barbara Lantin tells of numerous double-blind experiments showing that ordinary Christian prayer helps the sick to heal. She quotes Steve Wright, associate professor to the faculty of health at St. Martin's College in Lancaster, England, an
expert on healing. He says that in these experiments the sick persons do not know that they are being prayed for. Neither do they know the people doing the praying.
What seems to matter in faith healing is having a sincere, focused, loving and compassionate intention for the wellbeing and healing of another. Knowing their name or having a picture was an influencing factor, possibly because it provided a focus for the mind.
And then there was a 1988 study by Ralph C. Byrd, published in the Southern Medical Journal, that compared the healing of hospitalized heart patients, half of whom were prayed for by strangers––Christians who volunteered for the study. In the double-blind experiment, neither the patients nor their doctors knew which of the patients received prayers. Yet the patients who were prayed for recovered markedly better. And this was despite the fact that there was no physical contact between the patients and those praying for them!
Typically, holistic theology studies embark on God's divine law and its affect on the human race. Educating students how the Divine mind interacts with matter, holistic theology studies may even touch fundamental teachings on quantum cosmology. In addition, holistic theology studies embrace philosophies that bridge the gaps between the laws of nature and the being as a whole.
Overall, by integrating metaphysics and the explanation of soul, spirit and the physical body, holistic theology studies use religious, yet psychological applications to explore the wholeness and separateness of the whole nature of 'living being.'
Holistic Theology embraces the unity of diversity with the intention of assisting you in discovering your own genuine experience of divinity, so that you may serve others and yourself in the grace of that experience.
This concentration is for those who wish to study theology from an integrated interfaith perspective. Through such study, the student can explore a wide variety of approaches and definitions of the Divine in order to more deeply explore one’s own spiritual dimension.
The coursework in this innovative concentration is designed to both immerse students in the history of humanity’s diverse experiences of the Divine, and assist them in asking universal questions of the heart and mind.
Religion around the world is broken down like this:
33 percent of the people in the world are Christians.
21 percent of the people in the world are Muslims.
13 percent of the people in the world are Hindus.
6 percent of the people in the world are Buddhists.
2.3 percent of the people of the world are atheists.
0.4 percent of the people of the world are Sikhs.
0.2 percent of the people of the world are Jewish.
0.1 percent of the people of the world are Baha'is.
12 percent of the people of the world are of other religions.
12 percent of the people in the world are nonreligious.
- Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world.
- Women make up 56 percent of the adult born-again population.
- Born-again Christians are more likely than the average adult to have volunteered their time to help their church in the past week (32 percent to 22 percent, respectively).
- Nearly half of all Americans who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43 percent), and two out of three born-again Christians (64 percent) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.
- Approximately 69 percent of Americans believe that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect Creator who rules the world today.