How Bad Theology Hurts the Anxious, Depressed, and Suicidal

This “have more faith” theology dangerously compounds biopsychosocial anxiety with spiritual anxiety, without sufficiently addressing either. The cure for its reductionistic dualisms comes in three doses as well—a trinitarian theology that regards body, mind, and spirit as equally interrelated and supervening upon the other parts; a redemptive theology that imagines Christ working through faith and reason, theology and science; and an incarnational theology that sees Christ on the cross as the God-Man who suffers with us. Together, these understandings form a theological ecosystem that can offer a number of biopsychosocial and spiritual resources to the suffering person.

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