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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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Minding the Spirit

Minding the Spirit

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Spirit Cure

Joseph W. Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces pentecostals' and charismatics' increasing embrace of mental forms of healing associated with psychology and the New Thought tradition. Among charismatics, Agnes Sanford proved especially influential in the formation of ministries of inner healing. Through Sanford and her successors, for example Ruth Carter Stapleton and Francis MacNutt, numerous adherents in the pentecostal-charismatic movement were exposed to basic psychological principles and teachings regarding the power of visualization. Individuals who closely identified with traditional pentecostalism often resisted inner healing practitioners' efforts to combine divine healing with psychology, yet even here proponents of Word of Faith emphases who stressed the power of positive confession likewise depicted the mind as crucial to the healing process. Some of the most successful Christian ministries at the turn of the twenty-first century, in fact, involved T. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and other figures who successfully combined Word of Faith themes with the spiritualized forms of popular psychology associated with U.S. therapeutic culture.

Keywords:   pentecostalism, charismatic movement, inner healing, therapeutic culture, Agnes Sanford, Word of Faith, T. D. Jakes, Ruth Carter Stapleton, Francis MacNutt, Joyce Meyer

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