Death comes at any time to anyone. Special attention and grief are given to those deemed to have died “before their time.” Sense is sought in the insensible by looking for someone or something to blame. Who is to blame when a child dies—God or the parents? The legal controversies surrounding faith healing often highlight questions of blame. Christians proclaim a belief in the ultimate power of God to give and take life (Job 1:21, NRSV); thus, the vast majority of Christian traditions acknowledge healing by faith to some degree and pray for the sick. Faith healing, however, has been redefined to mean the complete rejection of Western secular medicine in favor of prayer alone, even in the face of infant death. While some aspects of faith healing are endemic to most Christian communities, the total rejection of Western medicine presents many problems, especially when seeking medical care may have prevented death.
How to Cite:
Sutphin, R., (2018). A Case Study In Religion And Culture History: Faith Healing In The United States Within The Christian Tradition . Philologia . 10 . DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/ph.v10i0.1