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When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children, and the Law

Shawn Francis Peters

Abstract

Relying on religious traditions that date back thousands of years, many devout Christians turn to prayer rather than medicine when their children fall victim to illness or injury. Faith healers claim that their practices are effective in restoring health, but, over the past century, hundreds of children have died after being denied, because of their parents’ intense religious beliefs, the basic medical treatments furnished by physicians. The tragic deaths of these youngsters have received intense scrutiny from both the news media and public authorities seeking to protect the health and welfare ... More

Keywords: faith healing, Christianity, children's rights, religion-based medical neglect, religious liberty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306354.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn Francis Peters, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison