Spirituality and Psychiatry

Chris Cook, Andrew Powell, and Andrew Sims (eds), 2009. Royal College of Psychiatrists Press, London.

Spirituality and Psychiatry (Normal version)Spirituality is a crucial but sometimes overlooked aspect of mental well-being and psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of spirituality, its relationship to religion, and the reasons for its importance in clinical practice. In this comprehensive and evidence-based text, the authors discuss the prevention and management of illness, as well as the maintenance of recovery. Different chapters focus on the key sub-specialties of psychiatry, such as psychotherapy, child and adolescent, learning disability and substance misuse. It contains references to up to date research and provides a comprehensive review of the relevant academic literature. Contributors include psychiatrists renowned in their field, plus a trainee psychiatrist, a service user and a mental healthcare chaplain. The book will be of wide interest to psychiatrists, psychiatry trainees and all mental health professionals. Buy from »

Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics

Chris Cook. 2006. Cambridge University Press.

Alcohol, Addiction and Christian EthicsAddictive disorders are characterised by a division of the will, in which the addict is attracted both by a desire to continue the addictive behaviour and also by a desire to stop it. Academic perspectives on this predicament usually come from clinical and scientific standpoints, with the ‘moral model’ rejected as outmoded. But Christian theology has a long history of thinking and writing on such problems and offers insights which are helpful to scientific and ethical reflection upon the nature of addiction. Chris Cook reviews Christian theological and ethical reflection upon the problems of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical times until the present day. Drawing particularly upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a critical theological model of addiction is developed. Alcohol dependence is also viewed in the broader ethical perspective of the use and misuse of alcohol within communities. Buy from »

Human Genetics: Fabricating the Future

Robert Song. 2002. Darton, Longman and Todd, London.

Human GeneticsA title in the Ethics and Theology series that offer lively introductions to vital contemporary issues in the area of Christian ethics. Robert Song considers some of the fundamental causal factors which have governed developments in human genetics, discussing them in relation to central ethical questions raised by Christian theology. Buy from »

Thinking through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility

Anastasia Scrutton. Forthcoming in Continuum Philosophy of Religion Series, 2011.

This new book, by Anastasia Scrutton, will explore the theology of emotion. The current theological climate presents two extremes in speaking of the emotional life of God: passibilism, which affirms the fullness of God’s emotional life, and impassibilism, which asserts that God cannot experience emotions. Likewise, contemporary philosophy of emotion is characterised by the extremes of cognitive views of emotion on the one hand, and non-cognitive, physiological views on the other. Thinking through Feelings suggests more nuanced accounts of both impassibility and emotion, exploring the relationships between emotions and intelligence, emotions and the will, and emotions and the body, and the theological implications of these for divine omniscience, omnipotence and incorporeality.

Theology, Psychoanalysis and Trauma

Marcus Pound. 2007. SCM Press, London.

Theology, Psychoanalysis and Trauma‘Marcus Pound’s first book is the most important sustained reflection on the relation of theology and psychoanalysis to date. His approach is admirably focused, since it compares the ideas of the theological founder of the complex motivational psychology- Søren Kierkegaard with those of the most sophisticated secular psychoanalytical theorists- Jacques Lacan. In doing so Pound offers, in a short compass, both a psychological deepening of theological orthodoxy and a theological critique of psychoanalysis as such. Future engagement with this area must begin with this lucid, subtle and brilliant treatise.’ John Milbank