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Title: Paths to wholeness : an investigation in terms of discourse analysis of 'divine healing' in the Iona community and associated activities on Iona
Author: Monteith, W. Graham
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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Wholeness and healing tend to be found at the margin of theological and Christian debate which means that the discourse surrounding the topics may be fragmented and various in different groups. The Iona Community has been involved in Divine Healing since 1938 and has developed an ethos of openness which has absorbed other forms of discourse. These have included what are generally thought of as 'New Age' ideas, medical practice and those associated with Rudolf Steiner. The Iona Community was founded by the Very Rev'd Lord MacLeod of Fuinary in 1938 to rebuild "the ancient monastic buildings of Iona Abbey, the Community has sought ever since the 'rebuilding of common life', bringing together work and worship, prayers and politics, the sacred and the secular". MacLeod based all his activities on the implications of incarnational theology which asserted the sovereignty of God over all of life. Its interest in wholeness and healing is examined in a case study which occupies five chapters. It is then submitted to various forms of discourse and narrative analysis which are outlined in a separate chapter on methodology. The case study of the Iona Community depends upon a review of all the printed material which members have produced on 'Heading and Wholeness'. Much of the material is archival and is unpublished or comes from member's responses to an open-ended questionnaire. The components of the case study comprise 1) a review of the work of George MacLeod in this field; 2) the contribution which the Iona Community has made to the liturgy of healing; 3) the wider scene on the island as others became in alternative forms of healing; 4) an examination of three members work and the way in which their discourse has intermingled with that represented in 3 and in the illustrative schema which is developed to the chapter on methodology; 5) a discourse and narrative analysis of nine members' stories which were responses to an open-ended letter/questionnaire.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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