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Curing or Caring? Theological Comments on Healing

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This article argues that the optimistic modern notion of perfect curing through rational scientific means as the aim of modern health sciences, as well as the postmodern notion of complete curing from suffering, tragedy and aporia through non-rational measures such as various forms of spiritual healing and exorcism, are inadequate models of healing. The article proposes the notion of caring as a more promising approach to healing. Caring entails being present with those in sickness, suffering and alienation, re-presenting God and the body of Christ to suffering people, and seeking justice for the downtrodden and wronged through an ethic of solidarity and risk. This protesting presence with suffering people as expression of caring in the midst of tragedy and aporia paves the way for penultimate experiences of curing.


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