Faith in the Great Physician Suffering and Divine Healing

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Faith in the Great Physician Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture 1860 1900 Lived Religions 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 uestions the purpose of suffering and the possibility of healingCurtis 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 painEmphasizing 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