Miracles of Healing

Psychotherapy and Religion in Twentieth-Century Scotland

Gavin Miller

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A rigorous historical investigation of the relationship between religion and psychotherapy in twentieth-century Scotland
  • Explores the alliance between psychoanalytic psychotherapy and Scottish Christianity.
  • Exposes the continuity running from Christian discourses, practices and organizations to New Age spirituality in Scotland.
  • Discusses the work of figures such as radical psychiatrist R. D. Laing, pioneering psychoanalyst W. R. D. Fairbairn, psychotherapist Winifred Rushforth and organizations such as The Davidson Clinic
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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter One: The Self In Communion Chapter Two: Interpreting God’s Psychotherapeutic Will Chapter Three: Scottish Psychotherapy In The New Age Conclusion
Archival Sources
Works Cited

Truly compelling and a valued asset to anyone involved in religiousstudies, theology, pastoral counselling or cultural anthropology.
Patricia ‘Iolana, History Scotland
This is a meticulously researched study of the interplay between religion and psychotherapy in Scotland from the interwar period up until the New Age. [...] The chronological and thematic structure of the book works well. History is brought to life in this text through the interweaving of small anecdotes, such as Sean Connery’s alleged experiments and Prince Charles’s interest, and fragments of source texts.
Tine Van Osselaer, University of Antwerp, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Miller provides a detailed account of a neglected aspect of the history of psychotherapy and outlines the intellectual archeology of the foundations of Scottish psychotherapy, which he traces to the late Victorian period. He argues convincingly for the importance of religion to Scottish psychotherapists, which led them, in contrast to Freud, to emphasize love and mutual cooperation, rather than conflict and individual selfinterest.
Allan Beveridge, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Miller’s book undoubtedly stands as a valuable contribution to local histories of psychotherapy and an example of good historical scholarship on the interface between psychology and religion.
Naomi Richman, Psychoanalysis and History
In this meticulously researched study, Gavin Miller demonstrates the extent to which Scottish psychotherapists drew critically upon the symbols and discourses of theology to promote holistic and relational accounts of the human person. His monograph is a major contribution to our understanding of some of the most creative intellectual forces at work within twentieth-century Scotland.
David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh
Gavin Miller is Reader in Contemporary Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include science fiction, history of the psychological disciplines, book history, and the cultural history of UFOs. He is the lead editor of the Edinburgh University Press series, Contemporary Cultural Studies in Illness, Health and Medicine, and the author of Science Fiction and Psychology (2020) and Miracles of Healing: Psychotherapy and Religion in Twentieth-century Scotland (2020).

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