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By Fraser Watts

There has lately been a lot curiosity within the dating among technology and faith, and the way they mix to offer us a 'binocular' standpoint on issues. One very important phenomenon which has been overlooked in fresh paintings is the idea that of non secular therapeutic. This edited assortment explores quite a few methods to non secular therapeutic from diversified spiritual issues of view, selecting either what it really is and the way it really works. The authors additionally discover the organic and mental methods, open to medical enquiry, wherein therapeutic could be mediated. As such, this ebook exhibits the valuable proposition that spiritual and medical views resolution varied questions on therapeutic, and there's now not inevitably any clash among them.

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As we saw at the outset, Jesus’ healings were regarded by his contemporaries as unexpectedly efficacious with tangible consequences: the blind, it is claimed, received their sight, the lame walked, people with leprosy were cleansed, and the deaf heard. These results look to the modern reader, as they would to one of Jesus’ contemporaries, suspiciously like cures. How can such unusual claims be explained? Given the above, it will not do to dismiss them as legendary accretions to our traditions about Jesus.

While this may well have been the case, we have no ways of investigating the matter further. (Stanton 2001, p. 67; see also Twelftree 1999, p. 256) However, rather more sophisticated psychosomatic explanations have begun to emerge, in which scholars have tried to describe and characterize The historical Jesus and healing 27 the factors and mechanisms that might have led to the alleviation of the physical symptoms that the historical Jesus encountered. g. Crossan 1991, pp. 313–32; Myers 1990, pp.

The only exception to this appears to be the case of the boy suffering from epilepsy (Matthew 17:14–20, Mark 9:14–29, Luke 9:37–43) – a condition that remained popularly ascribed to demonic causation – as we can see in the Hippocratic text On the Sacred Disease (Longrigg 2000). 32 justin meggitt the meaning response If psychosomatic interpretations are not able to explain how the historical Jesus effected cures, is there anything more that can be said? In one sense the psychosomatic explanations, although they fall down in assuming that only those phsyiological disorders with a psychological aetiology can have been cured by the historical Jesus, at least alert us to the potential relationship between psychological states and physiological disease.

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