oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Spiritual healing in Zimbabwe's mainline churches: Two case studies

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Faith and healing are closely linked, and scholars within the disciples of medicine, epidemiology, psychiatry, anthropology and sociology have produced volumes of material on this linkage. In Zimbabwe, healing has been studied mainly by scholars of sociology, medicine and missiology, who have focused primarily on three health care systems: Traditional medicine (Chavunduka 1978), modem medical praxis (Gelfand 1956), and faith healing in Independent Churches (Daneel 1974). All of these studies assessed the material in relation to the Shona socio-cultural and religious systems, and have resulted in the reappraisal of Traditional medicine by calling for the integration of traditional and western medicine.

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