CC 300 GX - Health, Healing and Salvation
3 Credits
TR 3:00-4:15 pm- Professor Grundmann
Cross-listed with THEO 346 AX
Fulfills upper level theology requirement.

This class offers a critical examination not only of the intricate interdependencies of health, healing, and salvation, but also of the health- and wellness idolatry of affluent societies in order to allow for a genuine appreciation of human life within the limits set by the human condition as a conscious entity or system being fully aware of decay and death yet striving to overcome it.

The first section of this course exposes students to the broad variety of answers given by various religions to the challenge of disease in general and to the Hellenistic healing cults of Asclepius and Serapis in particular. The second section focuses on healing in the Old Testament and the New Testament with special emphasis on the healing ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. This will be followed by a look into the history of the nascent Church and the importance healing had for early Christianity. The teachings of the Church-Fathers are replete with references to Christ as the true physician and philanthropist oftentimes likening the pastoral ministry to that of a physician who has to inflict pain by cutting and burning (recognition of guilt, penitence) in order to clear the way for applying the healing remedy (forgiveness of sin, promise of a new life). The third unit looks at the practice of the healing ministry of the Church today, not only in America, but all over the globe in the ecumenical fellowship of churches notably in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A systematic theological analysis of the phenomena realized in the quest for health will be attempted in a final section.

Students will write brief written assignments on a regular basis and submit a final paper of 12 -15 pages on a given topic.