Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Healing and Christianity: In ancient thought and modern times [Hardcover]
by Morton T. Kelsey ~ Harper & Row; 1st edition (1973)

From the flap:

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.

Morton Kelsey did his graduate study in philosophy at Princeton University and received his B.D. from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He continued his studies at the Claremont Colleges in California and the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Mr. Kelsey is currently assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame where he recently concluded a seminar for pre-medical students on the subjects of death and suffering as well as seminars in the Program for Non-violence. He is also the author of DREAMS: THE DARK SPEECH OF THE SPIRIT; TONGUE SPEAKING: AN EXPERIMENT IN SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE; and SEX: THOUGHTS FOR CONTEMPO­RARY CHRISTIANS.

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