John Alexander Dowie

(1847—1907) faith healer and leader of a religious group

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(1847–1907). Founder of the ‘Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion’. An Australian Congregational minister, he moved to the USA in 1888 after a personal healing experience. There he established divine healing homes, and then in 1896 his own healing and adventist church in Chicago. A continuing community of several thousand includes some Navajo Indians, but the Church no longer rules Zion City as a theocracy.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions in Oxford Reference.

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