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Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief

Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Scott, Robert A.

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Iconic images of medieval pilgrims, such as Chaucer's making their laborious way to Canterbury, conjure a distant time when faith was the only refuge of the ill and infirm, and thousands traveled great distances to pray for healing. Why, then, in an age of advanced biotechnology ...and medicine, do millions still go on pilgrimages? Why do journeys to important religious shrines--such as Lourdes, Compostela, Fatima, and Medjugorje--constitute a major industry? 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.
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ISBN 9780520271340
Released NZ 15 Oct 2011
Publisher University of California Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780520271340
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Released 15 Oct 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Scott, Robert A.
Category Religion & Beliefs
Comparative Religion
Religious Experience
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 203.51
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Spiritual healing, Miracles, Healing - Religious aspects - Christianity
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade