Department of Religion

This course will explore the history of religious healing in the United States, focusing especially on the following questions:  How have major social, cultural, economic, and political trends in the United States impacted the way in which religious Americans defined illness and its cure? How have individuals from various religious traditions responded to the ascendancy of the medical establishment and the growing prestige of medical science? How does the practice of modern medicine compare to explicitly religious healing rituals?  How have different healing traditions interacted within an American context? SAS Core Code:  HST, WCr, WCd.


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