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CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON MENTAL ILLNESS- WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO DEMONS, EXORCISM, AND RELIGIOUS IDEATION



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CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON MENTAL ILLNESS- WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO DEMONS, EXORCISM, AND RELIGIOUS IDEATION

By John Edmiston (given as an in-service to psychiatrists at Townsville General hospital)


The idea of mental illness as demon possession is still very common among certain Christian

circles, on the other hand man's spiritual nature and the power of occult forces are often taboo

in "serious" medical discussion. This address is a pastoral perspective to a medical community

- I hope we can understand one another’s language and tolerate one another's idiosyncrasies.


GOOD WRITERS that may help with an understanding of spiritual perspectives - Rev. Dr.

Martin Israel (Lecturer in Pathology, Royal College of Surgeons) and author of Summons to

Life, Precarious Living, The Pain That Heals, Smouldering Fire and The Spirit of Counsel. Dr.

Paul Tournier Swiss -based physician and counsellor author of The Meaning of Persons, The

Strong and The Weak, Guilt and Grace, A Place for You, Marriage Difficulties , et. al. and a

leading exponent of the "medicine of the person" movement. In North America Dr. John White

-Christian Psychiatrist -author of The Fight, Eros Defiled, The Shattered Mirror et.al. On the

Australian scene Dr. William Wilkie - Christian psychiatrist author of Understanding Psychiatry,

Understanding Stress Breakdown and Dr. Kath Donovan Growing Through Stress present

credible combinations of Christian insight and medical practice.


My aim is not to get you all believing in God but for you to commit yourself to becoming

familiar with the basic Biblical narratives so that you can speak to a person with religious

delusions in meaningful terms. It is by entering their world that healing can most

compassionately be effected.





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