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The Faith Healers Kindle Edition
|Length: 318 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Some of the patients know that they have been conned, whilst others angrily refuse to admit that they have; whilst the terminally ill just keep on dying. Meanwhile the faith healers rake in the dough - tax free! This book is a damning indictment of an exploitative culture and an American government that unwittingly colludes with these conmen by refusing to take a stance against them. The victims of course are the sick and the vulnerable who are often left poorer and embittered for having allowed themselves to be conned by these charlatans.
I do find the structure of the book a little confusing, as it switches between analysis of the general behaviour of these scam artists, and the detailed description of how each of them carries out their deception. It is a very passionate book, written by someone who is genuinely and profoundly horrified by what he sees.
This (Kindle) edition was updated in 1989, and I must say it whets my appetite for further reading around the whole subject of religion in the US, where these guys continue to wield a great deal of power - Pat Robertson has a serious contender for the Republican nomination to run as President, for instance. I was slightly frustrated by being unable to read the several copies of letters and photographs on my Kindle, but that's a grumble about the nature of electronic readers rather than of the book!
The message - magicians decieve for the purposes of entertainment. Faith Healers are also probably at best magicians or at worst con-artists.
It is a bit aggressive agains the peddlers of the healing, but there is more
than enough reason for it. I enjoyed reading every page, very clear and
accessible, not to mention really straightforward logical (although the
book supported by own point of view so there is some self-bias in place)
If you are reasonably sceptical, this is a great book for you.
At the very least it is a fascinating and entertaining read.
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