Joseph W. Williams

in Spirit Cure

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199765676
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315871 | DOI:

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This chapter highlights the implications of pentecostals' and charismatics' adoption of healing practices closely tied to the metaphysical tradition in the United States over the course of the twentieth century. The pushes to merge divine healing and medicine, to find parallels between biblical dietary guidelines and modern research in nutrition, and to spiritualize psychology—each brought believers into a close relationship with mainstream trends in the U.S. healing marketplace and purchased wide influence not only among individuals associated with evangelicalism but also in the broader U.S. culture. While important tensions continued to separate individuals in the pentecostal-charismatic movement from practitioners of metaphysical religion, by the turn of the twenty-first century a shared “off-modern” sensibility played a pivotal role in both groups' growing appeal throughout U.S. culture as they combined enthusiasm for modern science with a nostalgic longing for a lost Edenic past.

Keywords: pentecostal-charismatic movement; divine healing; evangelicalism; off-modern; metaphysical religion

Chapter.  5819 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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