Healing in the History of Christianity

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Oxford University Press, Aug 25, 2005 - Religion - 240 pages
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Amanda Porterfield offers a survey of ideas, rituals, and experiences of healing in Christian history. Jesus himself performed many miracles of healing, and Christians down the ages have seen this as a prominent feature of their faith. Indeed, healing is one of the most constant themes in the long and sprawling history of Christianity. Changes in healing beliefs and practices offer a window into changes in religious authority, church structure, and ideas about sanctity, history, resurrection, and the kingdom of God. Porterfield chronicles these changes, at the same time shedding important new light on the universality of religious healing. Finally, she looks at recent scientific findings about religion's biological effects, and considers the relation of these findings to ages-old traditions about belief and healing.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Exorcist and Healer
21
2 Healing in Early Christianity
43
3 Healing in Medieval Christianity
67
4 Healing in Early Modern Christianity
93
5 Healing in Western Christianitys Global Expansion
119
6 Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine
141
7 Christian Healing in the Shadow of Modern Technology and Science
159
Notes
187
Index
209
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