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Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing

Paperback
January 2005
9780863154775
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    27th January 2005
  • ISBN 9780863154775
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.
$29.50

For those who are in daily contact with people who are ill or in need, there may be a tendency to forget the larger purpose of healing because of a need to focus on the day-to-day mechanics of healthcare. Anthroposophic medicine, however, encompasses more than the physical body—it is also concerned with the soul and individual biography of patients, which brings a broader dimension to conventional medical care.

Peter Selg shows how anthroposophic therapies draw heavily on the Christian concept of healing as seen in the Christian Bible. In practical terms, he suggests that, through meditation, healers and caregivers can allow the healing power of Christ to work through them. They must come to recognize that sickness is part of a person’s destiny and that the healing process can help realize the purpose of the sickness for the person’s individual life story.

Nurses, caregivers, social workers, therapists, counselors, and doctors can all benefit from this insightful book.

“The book is rich in quotes and has some beautiful illustrations. It offers a fascinating insight into the inspirations of Steiner's anthroposophical medicine. For those interested in the Christian Gospels, Paracelsus' writings, the Rosicrucians and the development of anthroposophical medicine, this is a worthwhile read.”
Yvonneke Roe, Scientific and Medical Network Review, summer 2006

“This book is a plea for those concerned with healing to remember the wish of Dr Steiner that it should be permeated with Christianity. Selg's book...contains a vast amount of information with excellent illustrations, notes and references. It is deeply though-provoking and should stimulate further study in the field of healing.”
Peter Heathfield, New View, spring 2005

“...provides plenty of material to make people think.”
Beweging: Journal of The Christian Community (Netherlands), Advent 2004

Peter Selg

Born 1963, Stuttgart.

1986–1993 Study of human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Berlin and Zurich. Doctoral thesis: "Attempt to systematize Rudolf Steiner's human physiological ideas. An analysis of the entire lecture and written work (Witten/Herdecke 1995).

1993–2000 Further training as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Senior physician in the psychiatric department for adolescents and young adults at the Herdecke Community Hospital.

2000–2002 Research associate at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (Freiburg).

2002–2006 Head physician at the Ita Wegman Clinic Arlesheim (adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy); since 2006 establishment and management of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research

Since 2007 professorship for medical anthropology and ethics at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter near Bonn); teaching in the Studium fundamentale and in the accompanying studies in anthroposophic medicine at the University/Witten-Herdecke

Since 2020, Co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland