Religion: Religious Quackery

The faith-healing service, at which a minister lays hands on the lame, the halt and the blind while praying for a cure from God, is a growing U.S. religious practice. Pentecostal Preacher Oral Roberts, best known of the nation's circuit-riding faith healers, has made the practice a standard feature of his big-time revival meetings, which draw crowds of up to 30,000. Even some Episcopal ministers conduct healing services.

Last week a committee of doctors, ministers and theologians appointed by the United Lutheran Church in America warned the church's 2,500,000 members to steer clear of healing. "Faith healers," the committee wrote in a...

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