Bate, Stuart C.
About the author: Stuart C. Bate is an Oblate of Mary Immaculate Priest who is currently lecturing at St. Joseph's Theological Institute, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Born in England, he migrated to South Africa as a teenager. He is now a South Af1999 0-7734-8023-4
One of the most visible phenomena in African Christianity is the growth of churches and sects offering healing. It is happening throughout the continent but is most marked in South Africa. This volume examines this phenomenon from different angles to present a comprehensive understanding from medical, psychological, cultural, socio-economic, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Starting with this description of religious healing, Bate develops a theological model within which this experience can be articulated in terms of the Church's mission to heal. He does this using the increasingly important theological notion of inculturation.