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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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Divine healing publications can be classed into four basic categories: (1) histories that argue for the persistence of divine healing from the early church to the present, (2) theological expositions of the biblical bases for divine healing, (3) auto/biographies of healing evangelists, and (4) testimonies of healing experiences.
Similarly, healing evangelists encourage the sick to place their hands on the radios and televisions that broadcast their services during prayers for healing.
Many North American Christians who travel with Clark or other healing evangelists as short-term missionaries do so because they perceive Christianity to be more vibrant abroad than at home.
The healing evangelists and the Word of Faith movement
In some continuity with the Pentecostal healing evangelists are the controversial "Word of Faith" preachers of the USA's "Bible Belt".
Second, divine healing was the principal means healing evangelists used to fulfill Jesus' mandate in the Great Commission (Matt.
Dowie, the archetypal empire-builder among healing evangelists, best exemplifies the ways healing empowered the healers.

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