Chapter 28. The Limits of Scientific Understanding and their Relevance for the Role of Religion in Psychiatry

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Robert H. Belmaker Professor

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch28

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Belmaker, R. H. (2010) The Limits of Scientific Understanding and their Relevance for the Role of Religion in Psychiatry, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203

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Keywords:

  • controversial issues - religion and the brain;
  • limits of scientific understanding and role of religion in psychiatry;
  • psychiatrists’ mindset;
  • chaos theory - relevancy to psychiatry;
  • science and religion - seven days a week;
  • religious belief - orthogonal to scientific enterprise, dichotomy leading to a dead end;
  • psychiatrist sole responsibility - for human species and the human mind;
  • Immanuel Kant's ‘Two things fill me with awe, The starry skies above and the moral law within’;
  • This feeling of awe - seeing his place in the universe and overcoming difficulties of living, illness, tragedy and setback;
  • three body problem

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychiatrists' Mindset

  • Chaos Theory: Relevancy to Psychiatry

  • Outlook: Science and Religion Seven Days a Week

  • References