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In Miracle Cures, Robert A. Scott explores these provocative questions and finds that pilgrimage continues to offer answers for many. Its benefits can range from a demonstrable improvement in health to complete recovery. Using research in biomedical and behavioral science, Scott examines accounts of miracle cures at medieval, early modern, and contemporary shrines. He inquires into the power of relics, apparitions, and the transformative nature of sacred journeying and shines new light on the roles belief, hope, and emotion can play in healing.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: University of California Press
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)
Availability: Available to ship on or about 08/22/14.
It is refreshing to see the topics [religion and science] treated in an objective and scholarly manner. . . . Fascinating it its depth, thoroughness, and detailed accounts of medieval life, the book is a good read.
An intellectually fascinating book, Scotts treatment will be eye-opening for students of history, theology, and human nature.
"Scott has written a magnificent book on the realities of religious healing. He brings sensibility, reason, impressive insight, and the best information to bearqualities seldom manifested in the centuries of claim, cynicism, and controversy on the topic. His analysis is destined to raise the level of discourse on dramatic religious experiences."
Neil Smelser, author of The Odyssey Experience
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