The Theology of Disease and Our Role in Its Eradication
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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