Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives by Fraser Watts

By Fraser Watts

There has lately been a lot curiosity within the dating among technological know-how and faith, and the way they mix to provide us a 'binocular' viewpoint on issues. One very important phenomenon which has been missed in contemporary paintings is the idea that of religious therapeutic. This edited assortment explores numerous techniques to religious therapeutic from varied non secular issues of view, selecting either what it truly is and the way it really works. The authors additionally discover the organic and mental procedures, open to clinical enquiry, by which therapeutic might be mediated. As such, this booklet exhibits the relevant proposition that non secular and clinical views solution varied questions about therapeutic, and there's no longer unavoidably any clash among them.

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His Jesus: A Psychological Biography (2000) and his more recent work Jesus the Village Psychiatrist (2008) contain much of value which could be helpful in reconceptualizing our understanding of the healing traditions and contain a far more sophisticated understanding of the relationship between ‘disease’ and ‘illness’ than that assumed by scholars working more strictly within the field of New Testament studies. Indeed, he quite rightly takes to task New Testament scholars, such as John Dominic Crossan, who have assumed too rigid a dichotomy between ‘disease’ and ‘illness’ as a consequence of their erroneous reading of the influential work of Arthur Kleinman (Capps 2000, p.

Matthew 12:27, Luke 11:19 and Mark 13:22; Matthew 24:24). Second, in saying this I would not like to appear to be arguing that everyone in the ancient world believed in supernatural healings and exorcisms, or that those who did believe in them, believed in them in the same way. There was considerable diversity in the nature and extent of belief in the supernatural in antiquity (Remus 1983, pp. 7–47), and there was also significant scepticism too. The New Testament itself contains evidence of just such variegated belief.

249) He then goes on to claim that socio-economic factors may have helped create the plethora of possessed individuals that Jesus faced: while possession as such could not be class-specifically conditioned, its mass appearance could be. In a society which expresses its problems in mythical language groups under pressure may interpret their situation as threats from demons. (Theissen 1983, p. 250) For Theissen there is a distinct connection between social class and possession. As a result he can argue that exorcisms challenged more than just demons.

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