Newsweek Shills for Accused charlatan “healer” ‘John of God’

Newsweek ‘ In Flagrante’

Newsweek ‘Barely Credible’

Wow, did Newsweek really print an article extolling the highly questionable ‘psychic’ healing  claims by Brazilian spirit medium John of God? And to make matters worse almost to the point of total insanity, did Newsweek really list the article in the Tech and Science Category? WTF! Has the world gone mad? 


When you read the article below, ask yourself what’s missing in it. And you’ll soon find there is not ONE single  trace of SCIENCE in the whole article. In fact, the article seems to be a verbatim account by Gail Thackray. Is Gail Thackray a doctor, investigator or scientist? Of course not. She’s a tour guide and promoter for John of God.She also has quite a questionable career and  history in her own right.

The Newsweek piece reads more like an pseudo info-commercial for superstition and witch doctor stuff. Does Newsweek really think it’s readers are that stupid and gullible? And that no one is going to check their ‘work’.Or maybe they got a big payoff for their ‘commercial’.

There is a long list of professionals who have investigated and exposed John of God. James Randi, Robert Todd Carroll, Joe Nickell, David Gorski, Sharon Hill, just to name a few. Questioning on his highly profitable faith healing business which uses bizarre and barbaric ‘stage tricks‘ to fool and swindle sick, desperate and gullible people. In Nov 2014, 60 Minutes of Australia aired a full critical investigation of him.


Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola members speak to João Teixeira de Faria, also known as John of God, who founded the healing center in Abadiânia, Brazil, in 1978.ERALDO PERES/AP IMAGES

John of God, who has healed millions without using western medicine. has been hailed by Oprah Winfrey and millions of others as an international healer. This article is excerpted from Newsweek’s Special Edition, Spiritual Living, The Secret to Peace and Happiness, by Issue Editor Trevor Courneen.

For all the unanswered mysteries the universe presents, few are incredible enough to earn the label of miracle. Hyperbole is often tied to bewildering occurrences and practices, but a closer look can often lessen their profundity. Though tirelessly explored and frequently experienced, the divine-spirit-induced healing work of John of God remains an exception.

“It is hard to believe, but when you experience this, it is profound,” says Gail Thackray, co-creator of the film John of God: Just a Man and author of the accompanying memoir. An insisting astrologer would initially push Thackray to Brazil where she would first pursue and meet the enigmatic man who heals others by becoming inhabited by spirits. Eventually, Thackray discovered her own purpose was sharing the healings of John of God with the rest of world.

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3 thoughts on “Newsweek Shills for Accused charlatan “healer” ‘John of God’

  1. Pingback: Newsweek uncritically praises skill of Brazilian psychic surgeon—and touts other woo « Why Evolution Is True

  2. Robyn Shanahan on said:

    I wish that I could agree with you, but I have had healings in Abadiania. I cannot explain it

    • Though it will be eventually explained…Blondies’ words come to mind:
      Once I had a love and it was a gas
      Soon turned out had a heart of glass
      Seemed like the real thing, only to find
      Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

      Once I had a love and it was divine
      Soon found out I was losing my mind
      It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
      Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

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