Health, Healing, And Religion: A Cross-cultural Perspective

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SKU: DADAX0132127717
ISBN : 0132127717

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Explicitly dealing with the religious aspects of healing and healers, this unique and intriguing book examines illness, healing, and religion in cross-cultural perspective by looking at how sickness is understood and treated in a wide variety of cultures. Centered around three principle themes, the text: A) illustrates how crucial it is to frame illness in a meaningful context in every culture and how this process is almost always bound up with religious, spiritual, and moral concerns; B) shows how many beliefs, strategies, and practices that characterize traditional cultures also appear in Christianity, putting healing in the Christian tradition in a broad, rational context, and; C) discusses the continuities between traditional, explicitly religious, and modern medical cultures — demonstrating that many features of modern scientific medicine are symbolic and ritualistic, and that many aspects and practices of modern medicine are similar to healing as seen in traditional, pre-scientific medical cultures. For those in the religious, anthropological and medical professions.

Author : David R. Kinsley
ISBN : 0132127717
Language : English
No of Pages : 212
Edition : 1
Publication Date : 10/21/1995
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.8x5.8x0.6
Book weight : 0.01

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