DQ: What is your view of the analysis of disease and healing in the readings? Explain.

PHI 413 Topic 1 DQ 2

What aspects of the topic readings do you find the most interesting? What is your view of the analysis of disease and healing in the readings? Explain

According to Bogue & Hogan (2010), spirituality is experienced in and through relationships with sacred or higher power, family, individuals, connectedness with nature, which permeates life, providing purpose, meaning strength, and guidance expressed through individual’s values, beliefs, practices, and traditions. My original introduction to spiritualism began at a young age when my parents introduced me to religion and God through the Catholic Church. However, as I was exposed to other beliefs, spiritual experiences, and religions throughout the years, I have incorporated other religious aspects into my spirituality and no longer express myself through a specific faith but through a general overall spiritual belief in a higher power. For example, I have learned to treat others as I wish to be treated, that humans have a strong bond to nature, and that we are somehow all connected. In addition, I believe in the concept of karma and reincarnation (past lives), that souls travel together for love, support, and to help each other grow and learn. Although Catholicism is no longer the primary religion in my life, it is still part of my foundation and helps shape my faith.


Thank you all for sharing your experiences and opinions/perspectives. It’s always interesting to hear about actual circumstances and what effect they’ve had. I’m looking forward to picking back up after the new year.

Have a blessed and restful break.

I enjoyed reading about the different worldviews, but the topic that I found interesting was human nature and ethics. Two fundamental questions address the topic. Human nature asks, “what kind of thing is a human being” and ethics asks, “is there a way human beings ought to live and why?” (Bogue, 2020) The atheist believes the human being is a product of random chance evolution. The Christian believes God created all people in his image and created them for a specific purpose. Metaethics questions the reality of right and wrong, the knowability of right and wrong, and the objectivity of morality. Atheists believe morality must depend on human beings because there is no creator and nothing exists beyond the world. They believe morality’s origin is human evolution. As humans evolved, they learned to cooperate with one another to further each other’s long-term survival. Right and wrong came to exist because human persons began working together for the sake of survival. Christians believe the world was created by God, who is the transcendent source of goodness and love, making right and wrong objectively part of the universe. God’s world has moral laws, and these laws govern the behavior of his human creations. Humans must live according to His moral laws.

My view of disease and healing analysis is that the whole human body needs to be treated. This includes the physical and spiritual being. Christians believe the human body became susceptible to disease, aging, and death because of the fall of man. Jesus sacrificed his life to redeem our sins, and the resurrection is a promise from God of eternal life. This hope gives Christians the confidence to face challenges. Christians look to God to help understand the disease of the body and mind and help alleviate suffering. As healthcare providers, our calling is to deliver the best quality care with compassion and respect to both the physical and spiritual bodies. Providing spiritual care and healing will allow patients to find peace, comfort, and contentment during their illness.


Bogue, D.W. and Hogan, M. (2020). Foundational issues in Christian spirituality and ethics. In Grand Canyon University [GCU]. Practicing Dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare. (ch.1).

Illness and healing are among the major concern of the patients that we care for. Thus, diseases or illnesses are part of life, which may hinder productivity, pain, and discomfort. People of all ages, races, and income levels are affected by chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and infectious disease. The diseases affect millions of people every year. The increase in diseases is a burden to our medical system and economy. Some chronic diseases are disabling or require significant lifestyle changes. Other diseases are managed over time. Therefore, healings should be holistic, providing solutions to all areas of life- social, physical, psychological, and mental (Seaward et al., 2020). It is a transformative recovery process from an illness that brings about a positive spirit of self- wellness from the suffering caused by diseases. Many studies also unveil the importance of spirituality in the healing process. Therefore, nurses should learn more about their patients’ spiritual beliefs to help speedy health recovery and promotion (Seaward et al., 2020).


Seaward, B. L., Lissard, C., & Southard, M. E. (2020). A Spiritual Well-Being Model for the Healing Arts. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 38(1), 102–106.

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I am really excited about taking this class. I am a Christian and I have to say that never have I ever looked at spirituality and worldview from the perspective that this class has enabled me to. I think being able to interpret various aspects of life from both my own worldview as well as from a spiritual perspective will greatly help me in both my professional and personal live. In terms of my view of disease and healing, my opinion is that God is more than able of healing any disease. This point of view is supported by my strong Christian faith. However, this does not mean that I do not believe in science and its ability to cure many human diseases. I do believe that in as much as we should put our faith in God for healing our diseases we should also not forget that it is the same God that has given humans the ability to study medicine and heal diseases.

Great post! It is always great when we have a chance to look deep into our worldviews, and I agree this class gives us a new perspective on the aspects of our worldview., I agree with your view that God can heal any disease, and he gives us science to research and cure diseases. It is incredible how medical technology, God’s good gift, has advanced medical care in our lifetime.(Bogue, 2020) From vaccines, insulin, blood transfusions, to gene therapy, organ transplants, hip replacements, we are truly blessed.

Bogue, D.W. and Hogan, M. (2020). Foundational issues in Christian spirituality and ethics. In Grand Canyon University [GCU]. Practicing Dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare. (ch.1).

I felt the exact same way. You do not realize how much the things in life are related until you have them both in your face. As a Christian living in Christian virtues, I never really how realized how much of it I was applying to my work. The readings really made me realize how relatable both are. Things like treating patients equally just like the bible want you to treat everyone equally. I agree with your statement about how this class opens up our view of things. I loved how you concluded your response. God made us to what we are and gave us the ability to adapt which we us through science. The two can co-exist.


This class is the most thought-provoking class I can ever remember taking. I had to really dig deep after reading the first chapter to consider my worldview. I have never been asked to consider my worldview, which consists of my ideas of what reality is and how I interpret these experiences of our world according to my worldview (Bogue & Hogan, 2020). It was not until after I read this first chapter that I started to really understand my own worldview and realized that it has evolved over the years and that each person has their own worldview which may be the reason for how they address certain moral or ethical issues in life and in their professional practice in health care.

Although my worldview has evolved, what I do and find meaningful in my life still follows the same moral and ethical compass but realize it has become simplified. At first, I did not think my worldview was religious as I am a Catholic who does not attend Catholic mass any longer. I still consider myself a Catholic and have a strong belief in God and try to live a life of virtue with the help and grace of God. My personal character, morals, values, and conduct have remained pretty much the same all my life and are also incorporated into my professional nursing conduct and practice when caring for my patients and interacting with my coworkers. I believe that I have a good foundation which helps me to make the best ethical decisions in my personal and professional life. I think now that I have really considered what my worldview is, it is important that I am accountable to myself to always bring my very best in my personal and professional practice. These last two years of Covid has been trying times for everyone. It is important that despite how tired, unappreciated or disrespected we feel, we must dig deep if necessary so we can continue to remain kind, compassionate and respectful, to our friends, family, coworkers, patients and strangers.

Due to everyone having their own worldview, there are many different views on disease and healing. Some have a scientific or religious approach whereas some may be a mix of both. I think I fall into the category of viewing disease and healing due to my belief in God and what I have learned from science. The story about the 26-week infant with the brain lesion is similar to situations I have experienced in my nursing practice. In this situation I would ask the patient what their faith was and see if they wanted to consult in person with a priest or Chaplin. To withdraw treatment or cause the death of this infant based on what may be this infants prognosis in a few years is wrong in my belief. We do not know what the possible future medical advancements are and that could be very beneficial to this infant to improve their quality of life. This infants life needs to have many people collaborate to do what is best for this child. I do not believe a parent should make this kind of decision based on the infants doctor’s recommendation without consulting a priest and another specialist. I have had to be with a baby who was born too early or had congenital health problems that were not compatible with life. One time stands out was when the parents did not want to hold their infant child as it took its last breaths. The nurses were told take the baby out of the patients room at their request and put the baby in the nursery. The doctors were surprised the 20-week baby was born alive and continues to have a heartbeat for almost half an hour. It was heartbreaking. I provided comfort care for this baby and cried when the heartbeat stopped. I tried to keep my emotional wall up but it was just too sad, I could not keep it together. I did not judge this infant parents for not wanting to hold and comfort their baby while it died. I offered my patient compassion and condolences as I continued providing her with care. I thought to myself, I am not this women and I am not living her life so I cannot be prejudiced against her and judge her related to the bad decisions she made during this pregnancy or how she acted when her child was born and died. When I was a younger nurse, I may not have been as understanding and compassionate and may have judged her for the bad decisions she made such as taking illicit drugs while pregant which was the leading cause for her preterm delivery and death of her child. That is one way my worldview evolved and has changed me for the better in my professional nursing practice.

Thank you for your post. The complexity of the world challenges one’s understanding of what is morally right and wrong (Bogue & Hogan, 2020). Some actions, such as genocide and rape, are clearly wrong while others, such as self-sacrifice and saving another’s life, are clearly right. While most laws, at minimum, have a moral component, what is moral does not always make something legal. For instance, exceeding the speed limit could cause an accident and harm someone. Yet, on freeways, it is not uncommon for cars to drive well over the speed limit without getting ticketed. Law enforcement sometimes allows drivers to exceed the limit because of the flow of traffic and other times not. what is legal does not always make something moral. Finally, consider cultural etiquette. Often in different cultures one’s manners are equated to what is morally right and wrong. Human beings were created to know and love God in perfect relationship to him. More than that, they were meant to reflect the character and goodness of God in all of life. The Bible teaches that human beings ought to live in obedience to the commands of God and be transformed in their character to reflect the goodness of God.


Bogue, D.W. and Hogan, M. (2020). Foundational issues in Christian spirituality and ethics. In Grand Canyon University [GCU]. Practicing Dignity: An introduction to Christian values and decision making in healthcare. (ch.1).