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Session Chair: N.N. | Tuesday, August 25, 9-11 a.m. | Venue

Emese Berzsenyi

The representation of the historical development of disability in the major religions

In my dissertation ’The representation of the historical development of disability in major religions’, I explore the history of disability from the perspective of a historian of religion. I examine the history of disability in the context of the social sciences and religious studies, and in light of the different cultures and civilizations influenced by the major religions. Disability History has only become a stand-alone discipline in recent years. Even though the topic had been examined in many different ways previously, it was always subjected to the values and interests of other discliplines. This led to the situation that nowadays crucial fragments of research on the topic can be found in almost any discipline, yet little, if any, attempt has been made to collect and unite these fragments into cohesive works. Due to my research being carried out at the University of Vienna I mainly focus on German literature.

Andrzej Molenda

Selected aspects of individual religiosity in ecclesiogenic neurosis

The paper concentrates on selected aspects of religiosity of people suffering from ecclesiogenic neurosis and particularly on the specific type of religiosity they present. The research was conducted during the therapeutic courses. A typical feature of those people’s religiosity is on the one hand using religion as protection against the threats they experience and on the other hand’s struggle to satisfy their most essential needs. The people with ecclesiogenic neurosis generally have the image of God threatening them with punishment, but also a God able to fulfill people’s needs of being loved, valued, happy and safe as long as they satisfy His demands. The strategy of such religiosity is mainly fulfilling God’s demands. Among people under research the image of a demanding God has a major role to play, as it shapes their internal life and influences their behavior. This role can be defined as controlling.

Takako Okinaga

Bioethics for Decision Support on End-Of-Life Care

In this presentation, I discuss the outlook of “Advance Care Planning (ACP)” at Japanese, with attention to the dilemma of life-prolonging treatment of End-Of-Life Care, which has been questioned by the study of Bioethics. ACP is the development and expression of wishes for the goals of discussions with family and friends with whom the person has a relationship, and may involve health care providers and/or lawyers who may prepare wills and powers of attorney. In ACP, a substitute decision maker is also appointed. This presentation aims to explore the current situation of Advance Directives (AD), Living Will (LW) and decision making in Japan, based on the survey involving questionnaires to 1000 adults. Based on such a survey, I would like to consider how to support the decision making of End-Of-Life Care in Japan.

Núria Montserrat Farré i Barril

The morality of suffering: sin, expiation and body symbolism in the Middle Ages

In this paper, I wish to explore the idea of suffering as expiation in the Middle Ages. How was then understood the relationship between expiation, suffering/pain and the body? After sinning, how can anyone return to the initial situation of balance, of a life according to Christian ethics? The sacrament of penitence is the key to understand how the expiation of sins becomes a possibility. A penitence is imposed according to the gravity of the sin. It could consist of a simple prayer or some form of direct restitution. But it could also be bodily punishments, the aim of which is to show sincerity in suffering and the inscription on the body and mind of the individual of a clear message concerning the bitterness of sin. Understanding penance in the Middle Ages throws into relief the relationship between body and soul (or mind), body symbolism and the problem of evil.


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