One of the things Jesus does most is heal people. In his ministry on earth he performs numerous miraculous cures, restoring sight, healing leprosy and curing paralysis. He also charges his followers – us – to do the same. What are we to make of this in the 21st century?
Gillian Straine is a scientist and priest. From both perspectives, she says that healing is a subtle, multilayered thing, and in this afternoon we will explore healing in the Bible and contemporary science. We’ll look at the role of prayer, consider the question of divine intervention, and what the nature of healing really is and why it plays such a central role in Jesus’ ministry.
The Revd Dr Gillian Straine trained as a professional scientist before being ordained, and is now the Director of the Guild of Health and St Raphael in the Diocese of London. She is the author of Introducing Science and Religion: A Path Through Polemic (SPCK 2013) and Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion (SPCK 2017). She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21, and has been in remission since 2002.