"Divine Healing in Australian Protestantism, 1870 - 1940" Journal of Religious History

Bibliographic Information: 

Damon S. Adams, "Divine Healing in Australian Protestantism, 1870 - 1940." Journal of Religious History, 40.4 (2016).


The topic of divine healing was not at the forefront of the Protestant movement during its first three centuries as it reacted to what was seen as an exaggerated and often fallacious miraculous supernaturalism in Roman Catholicism. By the middle of the nineteenth century the Protestant churches in Britain, America, Europe and Australia had to consider divine healing in light of a newly emerging holiness movement. This article examines the developments in practice and theological perspective of the Protestant churches in Australia, particularly as they responded to the clear claims of the growing Pentecostal movement in the nation and the sacramental perspective on healing supported by the High Anglican sector of the Australian Church of England.

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