Healing in the History of Christianity
Amanda Porterfield offers a survey of ideas, rituals, and experiences of healing in Christian history. Jesus himself peformed many miracles of healing, and Christians down the ages have seen this as a prominent feature of their faith. Indeed, healing is one of the most constant themes in the long and sprawling history of Christianity. Changes in healing beliefs and practices offer a window into changes in religious authority, church structure, and ideas about sanctity, history, resurrection, and the kingdom of God. Porterfield chronicles these changes, at the same time shedding important new light on the universality of religious healing. Finally, she looks at recent scientific findings about religion's biological effects, and considers the relation of these findings to age-old traditions about belief and healing.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 154.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
- 01 Oct 2005
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
...a significant contribution to the practice of Christian healing... * Christopher MacKenna, Theology Journal *
About Amanda Porterfield
Amanda Porterfield is Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion at Florida State University. She is the author of The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening (OUP 2001).