"We can't deny the fact that people often go for 'Shariah Ruqia' (meaning faith cure
as per Islamic doctrines) and Al Ruqia depends on the culture prevailing among people.
One measure of this quandary is the shifting terminology used to describe the phenomenon itself--from faith cure, to faith healing, to divine healing.
Raymond Cunningham, a pioneer of historical research on the intersection of Protestantism and healing in the United States, chose the phrase "faith cure enthusiasm" (512) when writing in Church History in 1974 ("From Holiness to Healing: The Faith Cure in America, 1872-1892" 43:4 [December 1974]: 499-513).
But he's equally at home as a Georgia housewife seeking a faith cure
for her daughter and as an ancient British lady remembering her years in Africa.
"During all these years of suffering," Barker later recounted, "I prayed so earnestly for patience and resignation to God's will, and for the most part rested quietly, and, as I believed, submissively, under what I felt was His needed teaching of me." But as "the weary years dragged on," Barker recalled, "I began to think of the subject of Divine Healing." At first, she reported, the possibility of healing by faith "seemed a great way off--something for only a chosen few." Although she became "more convinced of the reality of this belief" through discussions with friends who were "deeply interested" in the possibility of faith cure
, Barker confessed that she "was still much in the dark about the matter" and could not "see it clearly enough to grasp it for myself." (1)
"So you wish me to try to faith cure
?" asked Iola, laughing.
: Divine Healing in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements.
He centers instructively on lesser figures and groups of the sort that intellectual history often overlooks: the "faith cure
" ministries of Charles Cullis, A.
His stories of his ancestors and local residents reveal 19th-century life on the Midwestern frontier, such as the practice of faith cures
Charcot's own approach to hysteria was gradually becoming more respectful of the Church's emphasis on faith cures
before his untimely death in 1893.