On earth as it is in heaven: a study of the healing praxis of Bill Johnson

Shuttleworth, Abigail Delyth (2016). On earth as it is in heaven: a study of the healing praxis of Bill Johnson. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This study explores the healing praxis of Bill Johnson as it is outworked in the context of Bethel Church, California. Engaging in practical theology, this study uses the pastoral research cycle to examine and analyse this healing praxis. Drawing on primary source material and empirical research findings, it identifies the central tenets of Johnson’s healing praxis by teasing out the espoused and operant theology. The research findings are brought into dialogue with Randall Collins’ interaction ritual chains theory, as well as with others who have developed Collins’ theory.

This thesis critiques Johnson’s theology and recommends that he engage more intentionally with academic theology particularly in relation to Christology, soteriology and eschatology. This thesis seeks to modify Johnson’s Christological position through a dialogue with academic kenotic theology. It proposes that Johnson account for the elements of mystery, suffering and disappointment often neglected in his theology. Additionally, this study offers a means of conceptualizing the local and global significance of Bill Johnson and Bethel Church in relation to the healing praxis. It is the first academic study focusing on these subjects and as such provides insight into the local and global phenomenon stemming from Johnson and the Bethel Church community.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
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/6643


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