Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity

Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity

by Joel James Shuman, Keith G. Meador
     
 

ISBN-10: 019515469X

ISBN-13: 9780195154696

Pub. Date: 12/12/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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 skeptics. 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 reflects not the renaissance of religious tradition but the powerful combination of consumer capitalism and self-interested individualism. A faith-for-health exchange misrepresents and devalues the true meaning of faith.
For Christians, being religious does not mean enlisting faith as a vehicle to get what we want—be it health or wealth—but rather learning by faith to want the right things at the right time, and to live with a spirit of gratitude and hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154696
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/12/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
420,320
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: With Eager Longing3
1Strange Bedfellows?: Reflections on a (Re)emergent Trend in American Healthcare19
2Christian Reflections on the Birth of "Religion": A Downward Spiral toward a Generic Spirituality and an Instrumentalized Deity44
3Religious Belief as Commodity Fetishism: Individualism, Therapy, and the Market71
4The Faithfulness of the Cross and the Idol of the Therapeutic94
5Satisfying Our Eager Longing: Toward a Christian Politics of Sickness, Healing, and Caring115
Notes137
Bibliography161
Index169

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