Taking our meds faithfully? Christian engagements with psychiatric medication


Journal Article

© The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics, Inc. All rights reserved. One in seven American adults takes medication to alter or to prevent unwanted experience or behavior. But, the prescription and use of psychiatric medication raises practically important theological and ethical questions for practitioners, for clergy, for scholars, and for people who take medication. How does the prescription and use of psychiatric medication shape imagination and belief about what it means to be human and about the relationship of the body to the acting person? To what extent does medication facilitate technological interpretation and engagement of human life and experience? How does medication use reflect and form modern individualism? How does medication affect human experiences and perceptions of God and of God's action? In this special issue of Christian Bioethics, five scholars from different disciplines- Jeffrey Bishop, M. Therese Lysaught, Warren Kinghorn, Susan Eastman, and John Swinton-engage the meaning of psychiatric medication for Christian bioethics and for faithful Christian practice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kinghorn, WA

Published Date

  • October 26, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 216 - 223

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-4195

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1380-3603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cb/cby007

Citation Source

  • Scopus