Spirit Cure: A History of Pentecostal Healing

Hardcover | February 9, 2013

byJoseph W. Williams

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Joseph W. Williams examines the changing healing practices of pentecostals in the United States over the past 100 years, from the early believers, who rejected mainstream medicine and overtly spiritualized disease, to the later generations of pentecostals and their charismatic successors, whodramatically altered the healing paradigms they inherited. Williams shows that over the course of the twentieth century, pentecostal denunciations of the medical profession often gave way to 'natural' healing methods associated with scientific medicine, natural substances, and even psychology. By 2000, figures such as the pentecostal preacher T. D. Jakesappeared on the Dr. Phil Show, other healers marketed their books at mainstream retailers such as Wal-Mart, and some developed lucrative nutritional products that sold online and in health food stores across the nation. Exploring the interconnections, resonances, and continued points of tension between adherents and some of their fiercest rivals, Spirit Cure chronicling adherents' embrace of competitors' healing practices and illuminates pentecostals' dramatic transition from a despised minority to major players inthe world of American evangelicalism and mainstream American culture.

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Joseph W. Williams examines the changing healing practices of pentecostals in the United States over the past 100 years, from the early believers, who rejected mainstream medicine and overtly spiritualized disease, to the later generations of pentecostals and their charismatic successors, whodramatically altered the healing paradigms t...

Joseph W. Williams is Assistant Professor of Religion at Rutgers University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Pentecostal Healing in the Early Twentieth Century2. Mid-Century Transitions3. Making Medicine Spiritual4. Minding the Spirit5. Perfect Bodies, Plentiful ProfitsConclusion: Pentecostal Healing in the Late Twentieth, Early Twenty-first CenturyEpilogue: Healing the Wounds of the Modern WorldNotesIndex