The Medicated Soul
Living and working as a doctor among the urban poor in Baltimore, Maryland, Matthew Loftus thinks a lot about mental illness. Loftus is a Christian and this article points out two dangerous approaches he's encountered in his work: "the scientific approach" which assumes there is a pill to solve every problem, and a certain "Christian" approach which assumes that all mental illness is purely spiritual. Both of these approaches miss the mark in their failure to realize that we are both physical and spiritual creatures. This article explores the implications of this deeply Christian claim.