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Spirit CureA History of Pentecostal Healing$
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Joseph W. Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765676.001.0001

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Midcentury Transitions

Midcentury Transitions

(p.55) 2 Midcentury Transitions
Spirit Cure

Joseph W. Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the dramatic changes at work in pentecostal healing by the mid-twentieth century. Due in large part to the growing prestige of orthodox medicine, as well as the improved economic and educational standing of the average pentecostal, numerous pentecostals openly affirmed the validity of the medical profession. Others demonstrated an awareness of psychologists' and psychiatrists' emphasis on mental illness and the psychosomatic origins of sickness. While tension persisted between pentecostals and the medical profession, especially in the ministries of high-profile deliverance evangelists associated with the midcentury healing revival such as William Branham and A. A. Allen, even here respect for the accomplishments of medical science was evident. The chapter concludes with discussion of pentecostal figures such as Franklin Hall, who imported emphases derived from naturopathy into the pentecostal movement, as well as other healing evangelists influenced by E. W. Kenyon, who increasingly prioritized the mind's role in healing.

Keywords:   pentecostal movement, healing revival, deliverance evangelists, naturopathy, medicine, mental illness, Franklin Hall, William Branham, A. A. Allen, E. W. Kenyon

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