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

Hardcover | October 15, 2002

byJoel 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 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 thestandpoint 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 truemeaning 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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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 attr...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 5.71 × 8.31 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515469X

ISBN - 13:9780195154696

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"We have long needed a book like Heal Thyself, and it is interesting to ask why it has not been written. At least one of the reasons is that to write a book like this is such a daunting task. Theologians seldom know enough about medicine to write a book like this and physicians, even if theyare Christians, seldom know enough about theology. That is why it is so important that this book is jointly authored by a doctor with theological training and a theologian with training in the care of the body (physical therapy). Keith Meador and Joel Shuman have joined forces not only to write abook that helps us understand the power medicine exercises in modern society and the effect that power has on our lives as Christians, but also to make an argument in this book with implications that reach far beyond medical care." --From the Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas