A biblical framework for understanding mental illness and helping the mentally ill. Synthesises the relevant biblical material with our scientific understanding of mental illness.
Equips the reader to deal wisely, intelligently and compassionately with issues of mental health in churches and the community. Helps us discern between bad behaviour which is a result of illness and that which results from sin.
Alan Thomas is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University, UK. He has been an academic psychiatrist for over 18 years and has published over 100 scientific articles (mainly on aspects of depressive illness and the dementias) and book chapters. He is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry and has written chapters on depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service for over 14 years. He is an elder in Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church. Previously he trained for the ministry and spent time at Westminster Theological Seminary. He served in Baptist churches before returning to work in psychiatry, but still enjoys preaching and helping with pastoral care in his church.