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Health and Disease

In what ways are followers of Jesus demonstrating God's loving character through caring for the sick, preventing disease, and even attempting to eradicate some diseases?

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The Theology of Disease and Our Role in Its Eradication

Rebecca Lewis has served with an NGO in India researching community development and designing curriculum. She holds the MA in International Development from William Carey International University, where she taught as an adjunct professor for 10 years.

Rebecca Lewis has served with an NGO in India researching community development and designing curriculum. She holds the MA in International Development from William Carey International University, where she taught as an adjunct professor for 10 years.

WCIU Journal: Health and Disease Topic

July 14, 2017

by Rebecca Lewis, July 14, 2017

This article was presented on October 10. 2014 at a Roberta Winter Institute symposium.

Today I would like to discuss the theology of disease. There are several ways this topic can be approached, and I do not intend to touch on all of them, but merely touch on two aspects: what we believe about God’s design of nature in relationship to disease, and what we believe we should do about disease as a result.

All of the life forms on our planet appear to have amazing built-in mechanisms both for ongoing growth and for the replenishing of damaged or old cells. They also have mechanisms for correcting things that have gone wrong and, to some extent, for fighting off the invasion of destructive micro-organisms.

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