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Two paradigms for divine healing : Fred F. Bosworth, Kenneth E. Hagin, Agnes Sanford, and Francis MacNutt in dialogue

Author: Pavel Hejzlar
Publisher: 2009.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph.D.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, 2009.
Series: Fuller Theological Seminary; theses
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Biography : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The dissertation presents an analysis of the theologies of healing by four major protagonists in the twentieth-century United States. While Fred F. Bosworth and Kenneth E. Hagin stand for Pentecostal healing evangelism, Agnes Sanford and Francis MacNutt, represent pastorally oriented healing ministry in mainline denominations. The thesis advanced is that these two pairs respectively embody two paradigms of the  Read more...
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Named Person: F F Bosworth; Kenneth E Hagin; Agnes Mary White Sanford; Francis MacNutt; F F Bosworth; Kenneth E Hagin; Francis MacNutt; Agnes Mary White Sanford
Material Type: Biography, Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Pavel Hejzlar
OCLC Number: 362719884
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, 2009.
Includes bibliographical references and vita.
The dissertation presents an analysis of the theologies of healing by four major protagonists in the twentieth-century United States. While Fred F. Bosworth and Kenneth E. Hagin stand for Pentecostal healing evangelism, Agnes Sanford and Francis MacNutt, represent pastorally oriented healing ministry in mainline denominations. The thesis advanced is that these two pairs respectively embody two paradigms of the ministry of healing driven by two distinct theologies of healing. In the end, this thesis is confirmed only partly. The author takes primarily a systematic-theological approach to his subject-matter, although his work is possessed of historico-theological features as well. Evidence from the writings of the four protagonists is organized in a way that reveals what each of them has to say about individual doctrines that together make up a theology of healing. After a biographical sketch of each of the four protagonists the author shows how Bosworth, Hagin, Sanford, and MacNutt respond to the challenge of cessationism. Given their unanimous affirmation of divine miraculous interventions in the present age, the next question addressed is whether healing is offered to each and everyone. Having located the source of the healing power in the atonement wrought by Christ, the ministers of healing make clear that human cooperation is indispensable. This necessitates a discussion of the weight placed on faith, repentance, and administration of the sacraments. The author further investigates the worldview of his protagonists, inquiring about the roles they attribute to God, Satan, and human beings. Furthermore, a study in the ministry of healing would be incomplete without a discussion of divine healing vs. medical care. Finally, the protagonists are allowed to speak to the issue of social healing.
Description: v, 284 leaves ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Fuller Theological Seminary; theses
Responsibility: by Pavel Hejzlar.
Local System Bib Number:
290824

Abstract:

The dissertation presents an analysis of the theologies of healing by four major protagonists in the twentieth-century United States. While Fred F. Bosworth and Kenneth E. Hagin stand for Pentecostal healing evangelism, Agnes Sanford and Francis MacNutt, represent pastorally oriented healing ministry in mainline denominations. The thesis advanced is that these two pairs respectively embody two paradigms of the ministry of healing driven by two distinct theologies of healing. In the end, this thesis is confirmed only partly. The author takes primarily a systematic-theological approach to his subject-matter, although his work is possessed of historico-theological features as well. Evidence from the writings of the four protagonists is organized in a way that reveals what each of them has to say about individual doctrines that together make up a theology of healing. After a biographical sketch of each of the four protagonists the author shows how Bosworth, Hagin, Sanford, and MacNutt respond to the challenge of cessationism. Given their unanimous affirmation of divine miraculous interventions in the present age, the next question addressed is whether healing is offered to each and everyone. Having located the source of the healing power in the atonement wrought by Christ, the ministers of healing make clear that human cooperation is indispensable. This necessitates a discussion of the weight placed on faith, repentance, and administration of the sacraments. The author further investigates the worldview of his protagonists, inquiring about the roles they attribute to God, Satan, and human beings. Furthermore, a study in the ministry of healing would be incomplete without a discussion of divine healing vs. medical care. Finally, the protagonists are allowed to speak to the issue of social healing.
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