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

Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador


Sickness and suffering are nearly universal human concerns, and many of the world's great religious traditions are devoted, in part, to teaching their adherents how to live faithfully in the midst of these unhappy realities. A recent spate of scholarly and popular literature suggests that religious activity – what frequently is referred to as spirituality – is a potentially effective means of achieving better health. This contemporary rapprochement between religion and medicine, however, has little in common with the Christian tradition and its concern for the well‐being of the human creature. ... More

Keywords: care, Christianity, community, contemporary rapprochement, Jesus, medicine, religion, sickness, spirituality, suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/019515469X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel James Shuman, author
King's College, Pennsylvania
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Keith G. Meador, author
Duke University
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