The Gospel of Health and the Scientific Spirit

Pamela E. Klassen

in Spirits of Protestantism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520244283
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950443 | DOI:
The Gospel of Health and the Scientific Spirit

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This chapter focuses on early-twentieth-century Protestant arguments for merging Christianity and medicine. It highlights the prescription of both prayer and Bible reading to patients on grounds that reading could be a transformative act capable of freeing a person from addictions and tyrannies of physical, social, and economic origin. It argues that the emotional, material, and intellectual roles of texts in early twentieth-century Protestant discourses of healing did not make for an enlightened, lucid mirror to the distortions of colonial readings. It also discusses the Emmanuel Movement and the relation between medicalization and moral therapeutics.

Keywords: Christianity; medicine; Protestants; prayer; Bible reading; Emmanuel Movement; medicalization; moral therapeutics

Chapter.  16208 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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