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Durham University

Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health

About the Centre

The Durham University Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health (CSTH) aims to further inter-disciplinary research in spirituality, theology and health, and especially to engage theology with scientific research findings and clinical practice. Spirituality has become a subject area of increasing interest in health research over the last 40 years. Scientific studies have shown protective benefits of religious or spiritual practice, and/or spiritual/religious affiliation, in a variety of physical and mental disorders. Interest is increasingly turning to therapeutic interventions that take advantage of the benefits of such practices and affiliations. However, theology as a discipline has not significantly contributed to this research. CSTH aims to make its core contribution by fostering inter-disciplinary research that is inclusive of theology, and of the inter-disciplinary study of spirituality. It aims especially to prioritise research with relevance to clinical, pastoral and spiritual practice.

Aims of the Centre

  • To promote interdisciplinary research and teaching within Durham University and further afield in the subject areas of spirituality, theology and health;
  • To contribute to discussion and policy process in the churches and other religious communities as well as within the health and social care services.