Christian Healing in the Shadow of Modern Technology and Science

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157185
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850389 | DOI:
Christian Healing in the Shadow of Modern Technology and Science

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The new authority of science and the appeal of science-based technologies altered the way many Christians thought about healing. In the 18th century, Christian understanding of healing began to change in Europe, Britain, and North America in response to new discoveries about electricity. The practice of healing also changed, as healers worked to open the way for divine power to enter believers as an electrifying force. One of the first proponents of the compatibility between electricity and divine power was John Wesley. He promoted electric therapy as a means of relieving pain and disability in cases of muscle spasm, toothache, deafness, and other ills. He thought of electricity as an elemental form of power, derived from God, working in and through nature.

Keywords: science; healing; Europe; Britain; North America; electricity; divine power; John Wesley

Chapter.  11659 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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