Spiritual Healing

Science, Meaning, and Discernment

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Editor(s): 
Sarah Coakley
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Eerdmans
    , October
     2020.
     256 pages.
     $35.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780802870933.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Aaron Davis forthcoming.

Description

Spiritual healing has been a cornerstone of Christian belief from its beginnings, although there are various interpretations of what exactly it is and how it happens. To address these questions, the contributors to this volume come together to examine spiritual healing from a number of disciplinary perspectives. How can such healing be explained through a scientific or medical lens? What do biblical and historical instantiations of it tell us today? And how are we to think of it as anthropologists, philosophers, or theologians? Finally, what does all this mean for those seeking spiritual healing for themselves, or pastors walking alongside the afflicted? 

Deftly edited by theologian Sarah Coakley, Spiritual Healing offers a composite narrative that investigates the many intermingled factors at work in this intriguing phenomenon. The result is a human story as much as it is a theological one, satisfying discerning believers and skeptics alike in its rigorous pursuit of truth and meaning.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity Emerita at Cambridge University and research professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

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