Lecture to Focus on Relationship Between Religious Healing and Psychotherapy

An upcoming presentation at Duquesne University will address cultural modulations of faith and reason among Catholic psychiatrists and mental health professionals who consult with and assist exorcists.

Catholic Psychiatrists and the Practice of Exorcism: Differential Diagnosis or Act of Faith? will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Gumberg Library’s Phenomenology Center.

Dr. Thomas J. Csordas, distinguished professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego will present on the phenomenology of bodily experience in the rite of exorcism. He also will address whether religious healing and psychotherapy are considered similar forms of addressing afflictions.

Worlds of Being is an ongoing workshop series that aims to bring philosophical theories to bear on contemporary dilemmas of lived experience, with a special emphasis on the issues of suffering and healing in a culturally diverse world. This lecture is presented by the Department of Psychology in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Fein at feine@duq.edu.

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