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Faith in the Great Physician tells the story of how participants in the evangelical divine healing movement of the late nineteenth century transformed the ways Americans coped with physical affliction and pursued bodily health. Examining the politics of sickness, health, and healing during this period, Heather D. Curtis encourages critical reflection on the theological, cultural, and social forces that come into play when one questions the purpose of suffering and the possibility of healing. Curtis finds that advocates of divine healing worked to revise a deep-seated Christian ethic that linked physical suffering with spiritual holiness. By engaging in devotional disciplines and participating in social reform efforts, proponents of faith cure embraced a model of spiritual experience that endorsed active service, rather than passive endurance, as the proper Christian response to illness and pain. Emphasizing the centrality of religious practices to the enterprise of divine healing, Curtis sheds light on the relationship among Christian faith, medical science, and the changing meanings of suffering and healing in American culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1 A Thorn in the Flesh: Pain, Illness, and Religion in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America
  2. pp. 26-50
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  1. 2 Resisting Resignation: The Rise of Religious Healing in the Late Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 51-80
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  1. 3 Acting Faith: The Devotional Ethics and Gendered Dynamics of Divine Healing
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. 4 The Use of Means: Divine Healing as Devotional Practice
  2. pp. 109-138
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  1. 5 Houses of Healing: Sacred Space, Social Geography, and Gender in Divine Healing
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. 6 The Lord for the Body, the Gospel for the Nations: Divine Healing and Social Reform
  2. pp. 167-191
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 192-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-240
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421402017
Related ISBN
9780801886867
MARC Record
OCLC
794701426
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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