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Introduction

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157185
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0009
Introduction

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This book focuses on healing in the history of Christianity. Healing has been a driving force in the construction of Christianity as an ongoing historical tradition. At the most obvious level, Christian healing refers to cures accomplished in the name of Christ and through the agency of his Spirit and saints. However, dramatic, miraculous cures represent only a fraction of what Christian have experienced and have meant by healing. Much more commonly, Christian healing has involved a relief of suffering, the ability to cope with chronic ailments, and the ability to embrace pain and disability and even death. Many Christians have embraced suffering as part of religious life, while also celebrating relief from suffering as a sign of power and meaning of their faith.

Keywords: healing; Christianity; Christian healing; Christ; miraculous cures; suffering; pain; death; faith

Chapter.  7173 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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