American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness
by Heather H. Vacek;
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A close examination of the lives and work of colonial clergyman Cotton Mather, Revolutionary era physician Benjamin Rush, nineteenth-century activist Dorothea Dix, pastor and patient Anton Boisen, and psychiatrist Karl Menninger maps both the range and the progression of attentive Protestant care. Vacek chronicles Protestant attempts to make theological sense of sickness (Mather), to craft care as Christian vocation (Rush), to advocate for the helpless (Dix), to reclaim religious authority (Boisen), and to plead for the mentally ill (Menninger). Vacek's historical narrative forms the basis for her theological reflection about contemporary Christian care of the mentally ill and Christian understanding of mental illness. By demonstrating the gravity of what appeared--and failed to appear--on clerical and congregational agendas, Vacek explores how Christians should navigate the ever-shifting lines of cultural authority as they care for those who suffer.
Madness by Heather H. Vacek was published by Baylor University Press in August 2015. The ISBN for Madness is 9781481300575.
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|Author / Artist||Heather H. Vacek|
|Publisher||Baylor University Press (August 2015)|
|Number of Pages||283|
|Page last updated||8th February 2018|