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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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Healing the Wounds of the Modern World

(p.171) Epilogue
Spirit Cure

Joseph W. Williams

Oxford University Press

The epilogue situates the changes in pentecostal and charismatic healing in the United States in the broader context of global pentecostalism. While the twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century changes in adherents' healing practices in the United States mirrored the type of contextualization that occurred around the globe, they also introduced a significant deference to the authority of medical science and alternative medicine that was quite foreign both to early pentecostalism and to manifestations of the pentecostal-charismatic movement worldwide (and especially in the global South). In the end, the changing healing practices of believers and the turn to metaphysical healing paradigms involved much more than just healing the body; they also pointed to a very deliberate effort to heal the rifts between adherents' faith and the expectations of the surrounding culture, and to mitigate apparent conflicts between religion and science.

Keywords:   global pentecostalism, pentecostal-charismatic movement, metaphysical healing, contextualization, science

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