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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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The position of the Presbyterians and Catholics contrasted with the perspective on divine healing put forward in the half-dozen Pentecostal churches that had mushroomed in the trading centre since the late 1980s.
He studied 71 reports of divine healings in the Seattle, Washington, area in his article "Ideological Support for the Middle Class: Faith Healing and Glossolalia," In Irving I.
63) Chapman-Smith similarly suggests that, in a variety of real-life situations, individuals who might go to medical doctors and pray for divine healing also feel "pulled" toward the metaphysically premised prescriptions offered by their chiropractors.
ably chronicles the evangelical divine healing movement in late 19th-century America.
Rooting twentieth-century pentecostal divine healing in a longer tradition of "ecstatic Christianity" that included Methodists and Quakers, Harrell argued that healing was key to the popularity of post-war pentecostal revivals, and to the later charismatic revival within "mainstream" Protestant churches.
They always assume that you have gone there for physical healing, and will often coerce you to go to the front for divine healing prayers.
National co-ordinator Fr Linus Ryan last night confirmed the Church was investigating claims of divine healing in the past two weeks.
Material and rhetorical practices of divine healing enveloped these patients, reconstructing their bodies as sites of transformation within the faith home's larger transformational space.
However, scepticism towards divine healing began during the Enlightenment.
He said yesterday: "As well as mass, I will also be doing divine healing on board the boat.
But as "the weary years dragged on," Barker recalled, "I began to think of the subject of Divine Healing.
divine healing, those churches heavily influenced by cultures shaped by the Enlightenment eventually neglected.