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Heal ThyselfSpirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity$
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Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019515469X.001.0001

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Satisfying Our Eager Longing

Satisfying Our Eager Longing

Toward a Christian Politics of Sickness, Healing, and Caring

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Heal Thyself

Joel James Shuman (Contributor Webpage)

Keith G. Meador (Contributor Webpage)

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The proper Christian response to sickness and suffering is care. Care refers to politics of the Christian community with respect to sickness and suffering, in that it encompasses the entire range of obligations the community has toward the sick person and vice‐versa. God has called women and men into a community of friends who are to offer hospitality to one another and to the world as a sign of God's care for the world. Such care requires the cultivation of virtue, especially the virtue of misericordia.

Keywords:   care, community, hospitality, misericordia, politics, sickness, suffering, virtue

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