Early Chinese writers tell us that Fu Hsi, B.C. 2953-2838, was the first Emperor to organize sacrifices to, and worship of, spirits. In this he was followed by the Yellow Emperor, B.C. 2698-2598, who built a temple for the worship of God, in which incense was used, and first sacrificed to the Mountains and Rivers.
How do different religions explain illness and suffering? These essays, by religious practitioners, physicians, and historians of medicine, medical history, medical anthropology, and religion, survey different religions, citing common practice and official doctrine, and discuss traditional as well as alternative medicines in multi-religious societies. Addressing such issues as general practice, psychiatric illness, and attitudes toward pain, this book will be of interest in such fields as history, religious studies, and practical care.
Enormous as is the literature on Miracles of the last quarter of a century, there is a place found for the Bishop of Southampton's Hulsean Lectures. For they are historical, and the historical aspect has not been fully presented yet. They are historical in the sense that their author asks what the miracles of the Bible were to the Jews and early Christians, not what they are to us. He places himself beside those for whom and among whom the miracles were wrought. That is the only historical method. That is the only method that yields valuable results. In short, Dr. Lyttelton does for miracles what has been already done for prophecy. He discovers what the men of the day thought about them. And only after that he considers what we may think of them still.
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