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Spiritual Healing
Scientific and Religious Perspectives

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Fraser Watts, Justin Meggitt, Philip Clayton, Simon Dein, Charles Bourne, Bruce Kinsey, Paul Gilbert, Michael Boivin, Burton Webb, Marilyn Schlitz, David Leech
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197939

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  • There has recently been much interest in the relationship between science and religion, and how they combine to give us a ‘binocular' perspective on things. One important phenomenon which has been neglected in recent work is the concept of spiritual healing. This edited collection explores a variety of approaches to spiritual healing from different religious points of view, identifying both what it is and how it works. The authors also explore the biological and psychological processes, open to scientific enquiry, through which healing may be mediated. As such, this book indicates the central proposition that religious and scientific perspectives answer different questions about healing, and there is not necessarily any conflict between them.

    • Broad coverage of the different perspectives on spiritual healing, exploring a variety of approaches
    • Combines both religious and medical points of view for healing practices and processes
    • Identifies different ways the scientific and religious perspectives approach spiritual healing questions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I have been looking for [this book] for the 20 years I have been involved in the healing industry … Most books on spiritual healing are written by enthusiasts and make no attempt to advance our understanding in a dispassionate way. This book does.' Methodist Recorder

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197939
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Conceptual issues in spiritual healing Fraser Watts
    2. The historical Jesus and healing: Jesus' miracles in psycho-social context Justin Meggitt
    3. The theology of spiritual healing Philip Clayton
    4. Healing the spirit: mystical Judaism, religious texts and medicine Simon Dein
    5. Conceptualisations of spiritual healing: Christian and secular Charles Bourne and Fraser Watts
    6. The psychodynamics of spiritual healing and the power of mother kissing it better Bruce Kinsey
    7. Spiritual healing in the context of the human need for safeness, connectedness and warmth: a biopsychosocial approach Paul Gilbert
    8. Modeling the biomedical role of spirituality through breast cancer research Michael Boivin and Burton Webb
    9. Spirituality and health: assessing the evidence Marilyn Schlitz
    10. Relating spiritual healing and science: some critical reflections David Leech
    11. Concluding integration Fraser Watts.

  • Editor

    Fraser Watts, University of Cambridge
    Fraser Watts is a Reader in Theology and Science at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is the editor of Creation, Law and Probability (2008), Jesus and Psychology (2007), The Dialogue between Science and Religion (2006) and the author of Theology and Psychology (2002). He is also an ordained minister in the Church of England, and Vicar-Chaplain of St Edward's Church in Cambridge.


    Fraser Watts, Justin Meggitt, Philip Clayton, Simon Dein, Charles Bourne, Bruce Kinsey, Paul Gilbert, Michael Boivin, Burton Webb, Marilyn Schlitz, David Leech

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