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Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity [Hardcover]

By Joel James Shuman (Author), Keith G. Meador (Author) & Stanley M. Hauerwas (Foreword by)
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In recent years, a movement stressing a causal relationship between spirituality and good health has captured the public imagination. Told that research demonstrates that people of strong faith are healthier, physicians and clergy alike urge us to become more religious.
The religion and health movement, as it has become known, has attracted its fair share of skeptics. While most root their criticism in science or secularism, the authors of Heal Thyself, one a theological ethicist, the other a physician, instead challenge the basic precepts of the movement from the standpoint of Christian theology.
Heal Thyself argues that popular culture's fascination with the health benefits of religion reflects not the renaissance of religious tradition but the powerful combination of consumer capitalism and self-interested individualism. A faith-for-health exchange misrepresents and devalues the true meaning of faith.
For Christians, being religious does not mean enlisting faith as a vehicle to get what we want--be it health or wealth--but rather learning by faith to want the right things at the right time, and to live with a spirit of gratitude and hope.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  019515469X  
ISBN13  9780195154696  

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Author of The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine, and the Church, Joel James Shuman is Assistant Professor of Theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Keith G. Meador is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, and Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Medicine and Director of the Theology and Medicine Program at The Divinity School at Duke University.

Joel James Shuman has an academic affiliation as follows - King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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Review of Heal Thyself  Mar 4, 2008
This book makes a decent point about our inability to make God conform to our needs by worshiping just for the sake of healing. However, the philosophy sections are hard-going and probably unnecessarily long. Other readers of this book have noted that more can be gleaned from it on the second reading. An interesting, but to my mind not entirely convincing, take on US culture and the medical culture.
A Must Read   Dec 9, 2005
The reduction of medicine to physical mechanics and the human person to individual unit in the social machine is a troubling phenomenon to those of us who take integration and/or religious practice seriously. Authors Shuman and Meador explain how we got to this place in clear and mostly impartial terms. It does a great deal to clear up how therapy and social Darwinism got mixed up with religion and how the household of faith was transformed into the late capitalist economy.

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