Faith Healing in London
Photography by Thaddeus Pope
In 2004 while waiting for a bus in South London’s Elephant and Castle, I met an affable Nigerian gentleman who walked up and asked if I went to church and believed in God. He and I spoke for a few minutes about religion, spirituality and then photography. Our conversation ended with him inviting me to attend and take photos at a Pentecostal church service the following weekend in nearby Brixton. Over the next six months I photographed a number of services at different Pentecostal churches in London, including several faith healing services.* As a green-behind-the-ears student with photography aspirations, I was grateful for this kindness and the valuable experience gained.
*One of the defining features of Pentecostalism is an emphasis on the infallibility of the Bible and the inerrancy of scripture. As a result, many Pentecostals believe in divine healing, which is extensively reported in the Bible, and consider prayer and faith healing a viable alternative to conventional medicine.
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