Spirituality, Medicine and the Distortion of Christianity
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Heal Thyself by Joel James Shuman
Book DescriptionIn 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 sceptics. 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195154696
(215mm x 148mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Joel James Shuman
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 and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.
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