Protestant Experimentalists and the Energy of Love

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:
Protestant Experimentalists and the Energy of Love

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This chapter examines developments of liberal Protestants of forms of energetic healing that depended precisely on embracing modern medicine, and modern technologies more broadly, as conduits of the spirit to the flesh. It traces Protestant technological supernaturalism through three related groups of people: missionaries in colonial contexts, Protestants engaged in psychic exploration, and those who began to engage with the tools and techniques of psychology. It also discusses the healing missions of Protestant experimentalist, the spiritual frontiers of Frederick Du Vernet and Belle Oliver's supernatural liberalism.

Keywords: energetic healing; liberal Protestants; modern medicine; technological supernaturalism; Frederick Du Vernet; Belle Oliver; supernatural liberalism

Chapter.  14716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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