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Experience of Spiritual Dryness and Acedia Symptoms in Seventh-Day Adventists.

Authors
  • Büssing, Arndt1, 2
  • Starck, Lorethy3
  • van Treeck, Klaus3, 4
  • 1 Institute of Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Gerhard-Kienle Weg 4, 58313, Herdecke, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 2 IUNCTUS - Competence Center for Christian Spirituality, Philosophical-Theological Academy, 48149, Münster, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 3 Institute for Holistic Wellbeing and Resilience, Bremen, 28215, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 4 Institute of Continuing Education of Seventh-Day-Adventists (IfW), Ostfildern, 30519, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
1261–1280
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-020-01092-7
PMID: 33136232
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In a cross-sectional survey among 626 Adventists, we investigated their perception of spiritual dryness, and its association with indicators of Acedia, well-being and emotional exhaustion. Women, younger persons and those without a specific duty within the church had significantly higher spiritual dryness scores. Spiritual dryness was predicted best by perceived Excessive Spiritual Demands (indicating spiritual exhaustion) and low perception of the sacred. Further predictors are Acedia's Difficulties in Prayer Life, reduced well-being and emotional exhaustion. The underlying causes might be complex and thus to support persons experiencing these phases, a thorough differentiation of the underlying 'spirits' is required.

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