Psychology Expert Says Christians Uneasy About Question ‘What’s Sin and What’s Mental Illness?’
by Morgan Lee
Baylor Psychology Professor Dr. Matthew Stanford … the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and The Biology of Sin Grace, Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped. Part one of The Christian Post’s interview with Stanford can be read by clicking here. Below is part two.
CP: In many recent mass shootings, we’ve subsequently learned that the killer suffers from mental illness. To what extent are Christians nervous about talking about mental health because they believe it may let the perpetrator off the hook for his or her wrongdoings or crimes?
Stanford: To date, 16 of the past 25 mass shootings in the U.S. were untreated mental illnesses. I think you’re onto something there. When we talk about people having thoughts that aren’t their own or them being involved in behaviors they aren’t full in control over, then Christians start to get real nervous because are very much into culpability: Did you sin? Is it your fault?”