Faith and Health

Introduction by Derrick Peterson

At our Church and Science: Partners for the Common Good conference, another of our workshops was given on Faith and Health by Dr. Robert Potter, and we have the audio recording for you! (For the plenary sessions click: here.) He describes his presentation as follows:

Further exploring the theme of the common good, the relationship of faith and individual human health is explored by a physician who practiced tradition scientific medicine while attending to the patient's spiritual dimension.  Current evidence for the positive effect of religious practice on high-level health will be presented.  Case studies will be discussed that will inform pastors and spiritual leaders as to how they can participate in the enhancement of human health.

Dr. Robert Potter's professional life has combined medical practice, teaching, and bioethics consultation.  He practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for 30 years while teaching in a community hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, and has been elected as Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Potter also holds a Ph.D. in religion, psychology, and ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  From 1994 until his retirement in 2004, he was the biethics scholar, instructor, and consultant for the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, MO.  From 2004 to 2014 he was Senior Scholar for the Center for Ethics in healthcare at OHSU.  Currently Dr. Potter is a scientific advisor for AAAS' Science for Seminaries project at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

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