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Medicine And Self-Care

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Our protagonists display a lively faith in God's willingness to act on our behalf and restore our well-being. Western society has commissioned a vast army of sophisticated medical professionals to come to our aid should our well-being be put at risk. On the whole, medical care is not prohibited in the Scripture, but it is not encouraged either. The strong preference for divine healing on the part of our four protagonists is intelligible and hardly offensive. We can also appreciate that even the healing evangelists, their radicalism notwithstanding, allow for medical treatment. This chapter features both the disjunctive view of faith and medicine represented by the healing evangelists and MacNutt's attempt at an integration. Sanford seems to straddle the two positions. We will weigh the options based on biographical material, the history of tackling the faith-medicine dilemma in the Divine Healing Movement in the United States, and biblical theology.

Keywords: Agnes Sanford; biblical theology; divine healing movement; Francis MacNutt; God; medical treatment; Medicine; United States; well-being



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