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Heal Thyself Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity

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ISBN-10: 019515469X

ISBN-13: 9780195154696

Edition: 2002

Authors: Joel James Shuman, Keith G. Meador

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In recent years, a movement stressing a causal relationship between spirituality and good health has captured the public imagination. Told that research demonstrates that people of strong faith are healthier, physicians and clergy alike urge us to become more religious. The religion and health movement, as it has become known, has attracted its fair share of sceptics. While most root their criticism in science or secularism, the authors of Heal Thyself, one a theological ethicist, the other a physician, instead challenge the basic precepts of the movement from the standpoint of Christian theology. Heal Thyself argues that popular culture's fascination with the health benefits of religion…    
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List price: $81.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/12/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 8.31" wide x 5.71" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Author of The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine, and the Church, Joel James Shuman is Assistant Professor of Theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Keith G. Meador is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, and Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Medicine and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.

Foreword
Introduction: With Eager Longing
Strange Bedfellows?: Reflections on a (Re)emergent Trend in American Healthcare
Christian Reflections on the Birth of "Religion": A Downward Spiral toward a Generic Spirituality and an Instrumentalized Deity
Religious Belief as Commodity Fetishism: Individualism, Therapy, and the Market
The Faithfulness of the Cross and the Idol of the Therapeutic
Satisfying Our Eager Longing: Toward a Christian Politics of Sickness, Healing, and Caring
Notes
Bibliography
Index