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Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Pamela Klassen


This book reveals how liberal Protestants went from being early-twentieth-century medical missionaries seeking to convert others through science and scripture, to becoming vocal critics of missionary arrogance who experimented with non-western healing modes such as Yoga and Reiki. Drawing on archival and ethnographic sources, the book shows how and why the very notion of healing within North America has been infused with a Protestant “supernatural liberalism”. In the course of coming to their changing vision of healing, liberal Protestants became pioneers three times over: in the struggle agai ... More

Keywords: liberal Protestants, medical missionaries, healing, Yoga, Reiki, Protestant supernatural liberalism, pathologizing of homosexuality, Christian missionary triumphalism, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244283
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela Klassen, author