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Faith Healing and the government should it be protected or monitored?
Religion and Theology
Pages 72 (18072 words)
Abstract Health is one of the fundamental conditions necessary in order to pursue the good life and live a humane life with dignity and integrity. However, the quest to health is not without concerns. As rapid development in medical technologies and shift to ‘patient-centered’ medicine from ‘physician –centered’ medicine has become the norm in health care, there are observed several cases where patients refuse certain medical treatments due to their religious beliefs.
(1)Is refusal of medical treatment to children due to parents’ religious beliefs a valid and legitimate decision? (2) Can faith healing be considered as viable medical approach? To clarify further these questions the following sub-questions are addressed: Is the practice of faith healing a religious right? Should faith healing be protected by the state? Is faith healing, as practice, be considered as child abuse and first-degree murder when parents avoid using western medicine on a treatable illness and their child eventually dies? Is faith healing similar with placebo effect? The research used qualitative research for its research methodology and employed documentary analysis, group discussion, and reflection journal for its method. Some of the findings of the research are: (1) Religious belief and faith healing are the same even if the two concepts are closely connected. (2) Faith healing is not a viable form of health care service. (3) There is need to clarify further the notion of religious belief, since, there is ambivalence in its understanding. ...
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