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Mental Disorders & Spiritual Healing: Teachings from the Early Christian East Paperback – July 1, 2005
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Theological anthropology, derived from the Fathers, constitutes the general theme of the first chapter. The author devotes a chapter to each grouped domain of causes for mental illness according to the Fathers: a) insanity due to somatic origins, b) insanity due to demonic origin, and c) insanity of spiritual origin. Of particular note are 24 pages devoted to acedia -- its nosology, and treatment of sadness and acedia.
The capstone of the text is a study of the fool for Christ. The goal of life in Christ is not only to be free of mental illness, but also to achieve harmony among body, mind, and spirit. Such harmony is represented by the fool for Christ, who is motivated by humility, detachment from the world, and charity.
I offer an enthusiastic recommendation to consider this text as essential reading for spiritual formation in Christ, comprehensive treatment of sadness and acedia, and reappraisal of conventional medical modalities for treatment of mental illnesses. The text appeals to scholars and many others who share interests in etiology and management of mental illnesses. There are sufficient references in the bibliography to enhance additional exploration in themes addressed by the text.
1. Anthropological Background: The Human Composite
2. Insanity Due To Somatic Problems
3. Insanity Of Demonic Origin
4. Insanity Of Spiritual Origin
5. A Most Singular Kind Of Folly - The Fool For Christ
Each chapter goes through the fast basics with defining the meanings, forms & causes, & treatment to each type of cause. The Fool for Christ might turn a couple of modern heads but is a historical practice of some Saints to confound the wise of the world.
A good read & highly recommend
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