Last weekend, the In Theory section of the paper asked whether miracles really take place at group healing revivals. Are people really cured? Or is the only real purpose of a revival to relieve people of their hard-earned money?
I find it difficult to believe that a large-scale revival setting could be an appropriate environment for a successful healing session. I suppose it is possible, but based on my experiences with non-traditional healing, I doubt it.
What I find odd about large-scale revivals is they seem wrapped around the notion that healing comes only to those willing to ask god for the forgiveness of one's sins. Non-believers seem to be excluded from the miracles. There doesn't seem to be much healing for the sake of positive well-being, unless you consider the infliction of guilt to be restorative. There seems to be an abundance of that sentiment.