Healing and Christianity: In ancient thought and modern times [Hardcover]
by Morton T. Kelsey ~ Harper & Row; 1st edition (1973)
Health is one of the great fetishes of modern man. And yet perhaps one of the oldest forms of dealing with illness—the ministry of healing—has been buried in the twentieth century.
Mr. Kelsey believes that as civilization failed to fulfill man, he lost hope and belief in a loving God, and a wrathful God usurped his place. More and more the idea of man as a physical entity who could be healed only by physical means prevailed. Through the philosophies of Hobbes, Newton, Descartes, and Darwin, Kelsey traces the emergence of this viewpoint and its merging with theology.
But recent developments in modern psychological and scientific thinking reveal that man's physical health is not trapped within nor is it wholly dependent on his physical being.
In HEALING AND CHRISTIANITY Mr. Kelsey seeks an understanding of Christian experience and theology in relation to psychological insights. Drawing upon the work of Carl Jung, he asserts that man's emotional health is indeed a strong influence on his physical state, but more importantly, man cannot be brought to emotional wholeness except when he has been touched by a real purpose outside of himself. Here is the bridge "through which we can see the influence of God and spiritual reality upon our bodies."
HEALING AND CHRISTIANITY is the first book to present a comprehensive history of healing in the Christian church from Biblical times to the present and combine it with the latest thought in medicine, psychology, and philosophy.