Book Reviews / Pneuma 32 (2010) 283-332 291 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157007410X509227 Michael S. Stephens, Who Healeth all Thy Diseases: Health, Healing, and Holiness in the Church of God Reformation Movement (Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. and The Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements, 2008). xxii + 224 pp., $50.00 paper. Stephens cogently explains the rise and fall of divine healing in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). From its founding in 1881 through 1925, divine healing was central to congregational life and functioned as a visible sign of holiness; by mid-century, denom- inational histories were written as if healing had never been essential. Early Church leaders expected every minister to have a healing ministry and every church member, including children, to trust God (to the exclusion of medicine) for healing. The first step in dispens- ing with divine healing was disconnecting healing from holiness; thereafter, it was possi- ble, when faced with failures and controversies, to forget that healing had ever been central to church life. The ﬁrst of six chapters explains Church of God opposition to medicine as stemming from poor medical treatment available in the late nineteenth
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