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Healing
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Healing deals therapeutically with sicknesses or injuries, whether of body or soul, in a living organism (Health and Illness). It does so in at least four ways:

(1) It may be self-healing. The organism reachieves stability, the balance of all bodily and psychological functions and cycles. The aggression of infection, injury, sickness, and so forth is warded off, resolved, set aside, or addressed. Self-healing is also an important aspect of psychotherapy, though percentages are hard to ascertain. “Time heals” many ills.

(2) Healing takes the form of restoration. The ideal state prio…

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Ritschl, Dietrich, “Healing”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H32>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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