Talking Theology

John Swinton - How Can A Good Theology Of Mental Health Help Us To Understand Ourselves, One Another and God?

November 30, 2020 Philip Plyming Season 3 Episode 5
Talking Theology
John Swinton - How Can A Good Theology Of Mental Health Help Us To Understand Ourselves, One Another and God?
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Talking Theology
John Swinton - How Can A Good Theology Of Mental Health Help Us To Understand Ourselves, One Another and God?
Nov 30, 2020 Season 3 Episode 5
Philip Plyming

What is health really all about? Why should we avoid obvious and quick answers to mental health challenges? Why do names matter more than diagnosis? Can the faithful taking of medication be a spiritual practice? How might a perceived absence of God be part of faithful living?

Professor John Swinton is Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and founded the university’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. For more than a decade John worked as a registered mental health nurse, and his academic career has seen him publish many books on the theology of disability, dementia, and mental health. His latest book, published this year is: Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges

For more information about John Swinton see here.

Show Notes

What is health really all about? Why should we avoid obvious and quick answers to mental health challenges? Why do names matter more than diagnosis? Can the faithful taking of medication be a spiritual practice? How might a perceived absence of God be part of faithful living?

Professor John Swinton is Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and founded the university’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. For more than a decade John worked as a registered mental health nurse, and his academic career has seen him publish many books on the theology of disability, dementia, and mental health. His latest book, published this year is: Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges

For more information about John Swinton see here.