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Evil Spirits and the Queer Psyche in an Age of Anxiety

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244283.003.0005
Evil Spirits and the Queer Psyche in an Age of Anxiety

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This chapter focuses on the spiritual healing of liberal Protestants. It describes the so-called Saint Matthias scandal and the healing works of Anglican priest Canon G. Moore Smith and Reverend Alex Holmes. It explains that spiritual interventionists focused largely on the recesses of sin and distress that inhered in the individual body and memory that could be healed not by better social programs but, rather, by personal repentance and the forgiveness of God. It also discusses charismatic renewal in liberal Protestantism, midcentury commissions on healing, and the rise of pastoral counselling.

Keywords: spiritual healing; liberal Protestants; Saint Matthias scandal; Canon G. Moore Smith; Alex Holmes; charismatic renewal; pastoral counselling

Chapter.  12492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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