Healing teaching and practice in the word of faith: an appraisal

Hamlyn, Thomas Frederick Piers (2015). Healing teaching and practice in the word of faith: an appraisal. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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Nature of Word of Faith (WOF) teaching and practice of healing, in relation to incidence of divine healing.
Dan McConnell’s A Different Gospel declares the WOF a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing:’ its source is not divine, but derived from Mind-Cure (particularly Christian Science and New Thought, which McConnell defines ‘metaphysical’) and demonic. This research into origins of the WOF and also into Mind-Cure helps establish the true origins of WOF healing: the continuance of evangelical divine healing evangelism exemplified by Carrie Judd Montgomery.
Comparison was made between WOF divine healing and that within books comprising Holy Bible content agreed following the Council of Nicea. Discrepancies were identified between WOF divine healing, on one hand, and divine healing as contextualised within the Holy Bible, on the other, most particularly implications from reported commandments in Jesus’ gospel/teaching of His apostles. The problematic WOF divine healing model will be partly rectified by teaching obedience to New Testament commandment to at least regularly help the poor, thereby avoiding reported promised condemnation of those not helping the poor. Incidence of the blessing of divine healing is seriously undermined by WOF failure to teach Christian believers to regularly help/bless the poor.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/6154


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