Spiritual Healing in a Scientific Age
Peel, Robert. Spiritual Healing in a Scientific Age. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
An eminent Christian Science scholar, Peel addresses the most challenging 20th-century questions concerning healing the sick through prayer. In quantum mechanics, he notes, the act of observation is an integral part of the event being observed. But there are even more kinds of involvement in the recording of an event: “The quantitative measurements of science and the qualitative judgments of ethics and religion can no longer be kept in two entirely separate categories” (7). The objective of this book is to provide evidence of healing through Christian Science treatment that demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between science and the ethics of spiritual devotion. Most of the book contains vividly detailed accounts of what might otherwise be considered medically impossible cures but understood by the patients as ‘healing’ through Christian Science treatment. The cases recorded in the book involve medical verification of some sort and cover general issues of concern in public thought: birth, death, children, medical intervention, and legal issues. All testifiers furnish affidavits to the Christian Science Committee on Publication and to the Christian Science Board of Director, followed by affiant statements and affirmation by a Notary Public. Concluding his research, Peel comments: “One learns vastly more from lives than from arguments” (191).
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-0060664855
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0060664848