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Title: Sertraline, suffering, and the Spirit : how do Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians respond faithfully to depression?
Author: Allan, Deborah Joy
ISNI:       0000 0004 9353 692X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This project explores and responds to the question 'How do Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians respond faithfully to depression?' It does so through a thorough consideration of the context of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity, coupled with an exploration of believers' lived experience of depression within that context. Initially, this means locating this question within its own pastoral and academic rationale. Then, the wider research context of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity, with a focus upon the embodiment of Pentecostal/Charismatic theology, and the liminal spaces it can create. It then means an exploration of depression in its bio-medical, cultural, and contextual forms. The shaping and forming power of context will be evident in this, as will the gap in the literature which requires the presences of vivid depictions of the lived experience of those with depression. As such, the necessitation of this project, in this context, with hermeneutic phenomenology as its methodological framework, will be ascertained. Core themes/codes will emerge from this study. These include (1) The importance of being 'People of the Spirit,' (2) The nexus of relationships in which the participants' depression occurred, (3) The set of paradoxes in which the participants felt that they, and their depression, lived (4) The theological elements of that, as depression was experienced as both debilitating and used by God. The thesis will explore the theological implications of these themes in a chapter grounded in the theological concepts of the prophetic nature of these stories, and the theological importance of relationship. These implications will cover: Re-thinking dualism, re-claiming the process of 'naming,' and considering the Spirit and suffering in a fresh light as a result of the participants' experiences. The thesis will end with pastoral responses to the above, considering authenticity, worship practices, friendship and testimony as ways in which Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians can respond faithfully to depression.
Supervisor: Swinton, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Depression, Mental ; Pentecostalism