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

Robert A. Scott

Abstract

Iconic images of medieval pilgrims, such as Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims 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, Fátima, and Medjugorje—constitute a major industry? This book explores these provocative questions and finds that pilgrimage continues to offer answers for many. Its benefits ... More

Keywords: pilgrimages, religious shrines, Lourdes, Compostela, Fátima, Medjugorje, miracle cures, relics, apparitions, belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262751
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262751.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Scott, author