Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus and a vital ministry of the church, but it can be confusing and contradictory. We often assume that Jesus’ healing is the same as the healing carried out by doctors but what did he intend to achieve through his healing?
Illness affects every single one of us, yet Jesus only healed a few people; God loves us all, but we still see disability as a problem to be solved. These contradictions in our faith and society require very careful thought, and John Swinton, as chair in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen, is the perfect person to lead us through the complex connections between theology, spirituality and health. Only the sick need a doctor, Jesus said. We’re all walking wounded, and who better equipped than John to get the diagnosis just right? Make an appointment.