Hyperholymia (“high-purr-hoe-lee-me-uh”, subject to change upon first burst of the tiniest amount of editorial creativity) is a new blog meant to provide a forum for musings, essays, news, book reviews & recommendations, and conversation at the intersections of Medicine & Religion. While recently there has been a surge in academic explorations of these intersections (see: Duke’s Fellowship in Theology, Medicine, and Culture, U Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion, the Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion, and Harvard’s Religion, Health, and Medicine Program), at the popular level there is little to no space for such thoughts and discussions. The medical world feels that it has to tiptoe around the topic of religion, the religious world has little to no access to the medical world, and both worlds are inundated with the narrative that they are enemies without hope of reconciliation. This blog has the express purpose of delivering a more creative and more hopeful counternarrative – that medicine and religion have much to learn from each other, and furthermore that each enriches the other.
While the editor comes from a specifically Christian background, and so this blog may thus naturally produce an unbalanced amount of content from that perspective, we hope to address anything and everything that might be said about the world of medicine, religion, or both. We hope to explore the major world religions and their beliefs about healthcare, to discover a Christian theology of medicine, to observe how religion affects medicine from a population health standpoint, to imagine how religious communities and the medical establishment can partner together for mutual benefit, and to advocate for the education of medical professionals, the clergy, and laypersons alike in regard to these issues.
So follow us on social media, get that RSS feed going, comment, contribute, reply, think, discuss, share, and join the conversation as we hook up this proverbial IV, give a bolus of religion and a medicine drip, and get a real bad case of Hyperholymia.