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Making Medicine Spiritual

Joseph W. Williams

in Spirit Cure

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199765676
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315871 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765676.003.0004
Making Medicine Spiritual

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This chapter highlights pentecostal healers' efforts to spiritualize medicine and their growing attunement to holistic healing paradigms, which circulated with increasing regularity in U.S. culture beginning in the 1960s. While these changes served as further evidence of the improved socioeconomic standing of the average pentecostal, they also revealed the growing influence of charismatics such as Agnes Sanford, Kathryn Kuhlman, and William Standish Reed on the trajectory of pentecostalism. The most visible advocate for a merger of mainstream medicine and divine healing in the pentecostal-charismatic movement was Oral Roberts. His City of Faith medical complex in Tulsa served as vivid evidence of the revised relationship between pentecostals and orthodox medicine. The chapter concludes with discussion of later examples of pentecostals and charismatics' revised attitude toward medicine, including the Assemblies of God's HealthCare Ministries and the Medical Services Program associated with Pat Robertson's Virginia-based Operation Blessing.

Keywords: pentecostalism; charismatic movement; divine healing; holistic healing; Oral Roberts; Kathryn Kuhlman; William Standish Reed; City of Faith

Chapter.  7102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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