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Healing in Early Modern Christianity

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/9780195157185.003.0013
Healing in Early Modern Christianity

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The 16th century witnessed religious unrest in which belief in the existence of spiritual realities fell under widespread scrutiny. Mockery of the clergy and condemning of the cult of saints flourished. Participants demanded a return to the primitive Christianity described in the New Testament and to direct communion with Christ. They challenged the validity of healing miracles promoted by, and benefiting, the Catholic Church. One of the most influential expositors of this challenge is John Calvin, who condemned petitions to the saints for healing miracles as misguided and sinful. His framework for Christian living, which focused on worship of a transcendent God, played a major role in the early modern debates about miracles and in the emergence of new ideas about Christian health, medicine, and science.

Keywords: saints; Christianity; New Testament; healing; Catholic Church; John Calvin; miracles; medicine; science

Chapter.  11188 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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