faith cure

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care provided through prayer and faith in God

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In Curtis's words, "rites such as anointing served as the boundary markers that delineated faith cure from the fraudulent performances of medical impresarios as well as from the dangerous exhibitions of demonic power on display at Spiritualist seances" (138).
When Barker fell sick in the mid-1870s, faith cure had just begun to gain popularity among North American Protestants.
Offering invalids like Barker a supportive environment in which to consider the claims of divine healing was one of the principal ways in which advocates of faith cure sought to assist the sick in their quest to be made whole, and in so doing, to uncouple the long-standing and deeply gendered link between bodily suffering and spiritual holiness.
Although she first began to consider the possibility of faith cure at her own home in Connecticut, for example, Barker remained confused about the matter until she came into contact with others who had espoused the doctrines and practices of divine healing at Berachah.
Although proponents of faith cure insisted that healing was "in no wise restricted to time or place," Barker's testimony suggests that ritual practices, and the spaces in which they were performed, facilitated a focus on God that enabled participants to abandon deeply held beliefs about the spiritual significance of bodily suffering and to adopt different ways of dealing with their infirmities.
Buckley, one of the most vociferous critics of faith cure, worried that "the doctrine taught in some of the leading faith-homes" caused "irreparable damage to religion, individuals, and to the peace of churches and families" by persuading visitors to separate themselves from friends and loved ones whose "disbelief" might dampen their faith in God's healing power.
Many female participants in the faith cure movement, in fact, reported that experiences of healing enabled them to fulfill the domestic duties that they had felt compelled to neglect during their illnesses.
For a fuller treatment of the divine healing or faith cure movement, see Heather D.
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