The last issue of Transcultural Psychiatry has been released online and is entirely devoted to the relationship between mental health and religion. Included in this issue is an article by Simon Dein (University College London) that focuses on christianisty and mental health in the light of the work of William James (1842-1910), the father of american psychology. It is entitled Judeo-Christian Religious Experience and Psychopathology: The Legacy of William James. The abstract reads:
This article examines the relationship between Judeo-Christian religious experience and psychopathology. It builds on William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience and more specifically his discussions of self, agency and the subliminal. Contemporary research on Christian conversion, mysticism, and its relationship to psychosis and mental health and healing are discussed. Future themes for research are proposed.