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faith heal·ing

sundry types of prayer-based efforts to alter the disease course.

faith healing

n.
The treatment of disease by means of prayer or faith in divine power.

faith healer n.

faith healing

Etymology: L, fidere, to trust; AS, hoelen, to make whole
alleged healing through the power to cause a cure or recovery from an illness or injury without the aid of conventional medical treatment. The healer is believed to have been given that power by a supernatural force.

faith healing

Paranormal
An alternative form of healthcare in which therapy consists of entrusting the healing process to a “higher” (God in the Judeo-Christian construct) or other power(s) through prayer. In faith healing, active medical or surgical interventions are generally not administered, and if the patient deteriorates or dies, it may be viewed as the will of God.

faith heal·ing

(fāth hēl'ing)
Therapy involving prayer and manual interventions.

faith healing

An attempt to cure disease or to improve the condition of a patient by the exercise of spiritual powers or by the influence of the personality of the healer. An important factor in determining the outcome of an illness is belief, or faith, in the probability of recovery, but ‘miracles’ attributed to faith healing are presumed to be due to some natural process. The psychological effect of such rituals can be powerful, and unjustified hopes for miraculous cures are commonly aroused.

faith heal·ing

(fāth hēl'ing)
Sundry types of prayer-based efforts to alter the disease course.
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COMBINING CHIROPRACTIC, MEDICINE, AND PRAYER FOR DIVINE HEALING
Little interested in the epistemological nuances of faith or divine healing, Peters subsumes these categories under his concept of "religion-based medical neglect," drawn from child health advocate Rita Swan, a former Christian Scientist whose child died of bacterial meningitis.
In some respects, her story is similar to those of the women in faith homes that Heather Curtis describes whose attunement to divine healing embodied a new form of womanhood that carried them into missionary work, as well as gave them relief from suffering.
During this period, a panoply of health reform and healing movements, including Homeopathy, Spiritualism, Christian Science, and divine healing worked to revise the ways in which Christians comprehended and coped with physical suffering.
13) Disavowing any personal healing charism, Azusa Street revivalist William Seymour hid his head in a shoe box while leading services in which people claimed divine healing.
After surveying their respective careers, it analyzes the functions of divine healing in their ministries over the two decades following the mid-1880s.
Let everyone you touch be the recipient of that Divine healing energy which moves through you - when you let it.
In his police statement last year, Herbert Schaible, 45, said, ''We believe in divine healing, that Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil's power.
Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm (PIPS) has teamed up with the Divine Healing Ministry to open the haunted house in North Belfast this week.
Also by that time, "radical" holiness groups were adopting theological innovations such as divine healing, the expectation of supernatural manifestations of God, and, most important for Kostlevy, premillennial dispensationalism, which anticipated a sudden, supernatural, cataclysmic return of Jesus that would immediately establish the millennium.