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This is introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on the Divine Healing Movement in the United States. The theologies of healing by four leading twentieth-century teachers and practitioners will be analyzed. In particular, it focuses on Fred F. Bosworth, Kenneth E. Hagin, Agnes Sanford, and Francis MacNutt. The first two of them, Fred F. Bosworth and Kenneth E. Hagin, represent Pentecostal healing evangelism. The other pair, Agnes Sanford and Francis MacNutt, represent pastorally oriented healing ministry in mainline denominations. The competition between the two paradigms generates a tension that invites investigation and assessment. The following criteria of assessment will be employed: Agreement of the paradigm with Scripture, internal coherence, and the ability of the paradigm to cope with a crisis, that is, the resources that the paradigm in question offers when experience fails to line up to its promises.

Keywords: Agnes Sanford; divine healing movement; Francis MacNutt; Fred F. Bosworth; Kenneth E. Hagin; pastorally; Pentecostal healing evangelism; Scripture; United States



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