An Understanding of Healing in African Christianity: The Interface between Religion and Science

  • arap Chepkwony Adam K University of Kabianga
  • Mutebesi Augustus Billy University of Kabianga
Keywords: African Christianity, African Tradition, Healing, Medical Healing, Traditional Healing

Abstract

Most of African Christian Churches place a lot of emphasize on healing practices as a response to the teaching of Jesus Christ. This explains why churches or crusades that practice healing in Africa are very popular and command the greatest numbers of adherents. According to these churches, the Lord commanded them to heal, and so they heal. Although some of these churches do not discourage the use of modern medicine, they are convinced that spiritual healing is a higher method than the scientific method used in hospitals. Others on the other hand think that science is an effort to compete with God and yet there are others that completely discourage the use of modern medicine. Seen from the modern Kenya where science is understood to be the foundation of development and progress and religion as an important spiritual component of a healthy society, there is need to examine the conflicting stands. This paper assesses African Christian Church believe on the relationship between religion and science. It also explores African Christian Church’s attitude towards medical and faith healing. Finally, it enumerates the influence African spirituality has had on African Christian Church healing practices.

Published
2018-10-25
How to Cite
Adam K, arap C., & Augustus Billy, M. (2018). An Understanding of Healing in African Christianity: The Interface between Religion and Science. University of Kabianga Journal of Conference Proceedings, 1(1), 208-234. Retrieved from http://ojs.kabianga.ac.ke/index.php/uokocpj/article/view/21