Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Posted:  August 4th, 2011 by:  United Theological Seminary comments:  Comments Off on Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing
Candy Gunther Brown

It is well-known that Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are flourishing throughout the world. In this new book, Candy Gunther Brown and others demonstrate that the practice of divine healing, and not speaking in tongues, is the single most characteristic feature of global Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. They also challenge Western assumptions about the meaning and significance of divine healing. Contrary to stereotypes, they show that divine healing has do with an entire range of diseases, including physical, mental, and social diseases. Thus persons and communities experience healing from physical diseases like cancer, but they also experience deliverance and healing from the diseases of poverty, joblessness, and racism. Most intriguing, however, is that disease – including the diseases of poverty, joblessness and racism – is understood in many quarters to be the result of demonic activity. Consequently, exorcism and divine healing often go hand in hand, just as they did in early Christianity. For those who believe that postmodernity affords Western Christians an opportunity to pursue renewal by recovering ancient practices, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing is truly must reading.

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