Faith Healing

Faith healing is healing through spiritual means. Believers assert that the healing of a person can be brought about by religious faith through prayer and/or rituals that, according to adherents, stimulate a divine presence and power toward correcting disease and disability. Belief in divine intervention in illness or healing is related to religious belief. In common usage, faith healing refers to notably overt and ritualistic practices of communal prayer and gestures (such as laying on of hands) that are claimed to solicit divine intervention in initiating spiritual and literal healing.

Claims that prayer, divine intervention, or the ministrations of an individual healer can cure illness have been popular throughout history. Miraculous recoveries have been attributed to many techniques commonly lumped together as "faith healing". It can involve prayer, a visit to a religious shrine, or simply a strong belief in a supreme being.

The term is best known in connection with Christianity. Some people interpret the Bible, especially the New Testament, as teaching belief in, and practice of, faith healing. There have been claims that faith can cure blindness, deafness, cancer, AIDS, developmental disorders, anemia, arthritis, corns, defective speech, multiple sclerosis, skin rashes, total body paralysis, and various injuries.

Unlike faith healing, advocates of spiritual healing make no attempt to seek divine intervention, instead believing in divine energy. The increased interest in alternative medicine at the end of the twentieth century has given rise to a parallel interest among sociologists in the relationship of religion to health.

The American Cancer Society states "available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can actually cure physical ailments." "Death, disability, and other unwanted outcomes have occurred when faith healing was elected instead of medical care for serious injuries or illnesses."

Read more about Faith Healing:  In Various Belief Systems, United States Law, Scientific Investigations, Criticism

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Spiritist Healing - Criticism
... available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can actually cure physical ailments.. ... in 1998 looked at 172 cases of deaths among children treated by faith healing instead of conventional methods ... in the United States over the past thirty years because their parents relied on spiritual healing rather than conventional medical treatment ...
Spiritist Healing - In Various Belief Systems - Christianity - Overview
... One use of the term faith healing is in reference to the belief of some Christians that God heals people through the power of the Holy Spirit, often involving the laying on of hands ... It is also called supernatural healing, divine healing, and miracle healing, among other things ... Healing in the Bible is often associated with the ministry of specific individuals including Elijah, Jesus and Paul ...
Spiritist Healing - Criticism - Christian Theological Criticism of Faith Healing
... Christian theological criticism of faith healing broadly falls into two distinct levels of disagreement ... is demonstrably not so." However, while affirming that he does not expect healing to happen today, Carson is critical of aspects of the faith healing ... Spirit has given us the power to overcome him, healing is the inheritance right of all true Christians who call upon the Lord with genuine faith." The second level of theological disagreement ...
Spiritist Healing
... Faith healing is healing through spiritual means ... Believers assert that the healing of a person can be brought about by religious faith through prayer and/or rituals that, according to adherents, stimulate a divine presence and power toward correcting disease and ... Belief in divine intervention in illness or healing is related to religious belief ...
Faith Healing - Criticism - Fraud
... Skeptics of faith healers point to fraudulent practices either in the healings themselves (such as plants in the audience with fake illnesses), or concurrent with the healing work ... James Randi's The Faith Healers investigates Christian evangelists such as Peter Popoff, who claimed to heal sick people and to give personal details about their lives, but was receiving radio ... The book also questioned how faith healers use funds that were sent to them for specific purposes ...

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