Helbredelsesforkynnelse og kristen tro
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Original versionHelbredelsesforkynnelse og kristen tro. I I. M. Lid & A. R. Solevåg (Red.), Religiøst medborgerskap: Funksjonshemming, likeverd og menneskesyn (s. 231–247). Cappelen Damm Akademisk.. https://doi.org/10.23865/noasp.100
From the second half of the 19th century, some Christians have maintained that by adeptly manipulating the relevant spiritual laws, one may liberate oneself entirely from physical illness. Tis article is an investigation of the doctrinal context and anthropological implications of this way of understanding the Christian message. Te method of the investigation is textual analyses of the writings of some of the main representatives of this movement, like Essek Kenyon and Kenneth Hagin. Te context is found to be an anti-elitist kind of modernity interpreted by means of the Wesleyan understanding of Christian perfection, and the implication is a kind of ableism with a one-sided emphasis on the well-being of the strong and physically healthy. Te worldview is a type of mind–matter duality, where liberation from the limits of materiality is an important goal. One rejects the idea of the spiritual value of trials and tribulations and does not seem to have a message of hope for those who struggle with chronic illness.
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