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date: 16 June 2019

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This chapter aims to provide the psychiatrist and ethicist with an understanding of reformational Christian ethics as it pertains to the faith of the believing patient in a psychiatry context. We introduce three reformational principles and apply them cursorily to diagnostic and therapeutic issues in clinical practice, followed by a more detailed application to the topic of suffering owing to mental disorder. Understanding reformational ethics may aid the psychiatrist towards a better relationship with the believing patient and equip him for engagement on issues of guilt, remorse, whether being punished by God, and whether mental disorder results from failure in faith. Clarity on these issues may bring consolation to the believing patient. That applies also to the issue of suffering owing to mental disorder, for which we present a scholastic reformational exegesis of Colossians 1:24, exemplifying the premises and methods for examining issues of reformational Christian faith and mental disorder.

Keywords: psychiatry, reformational Christian, ethics, relationship, punishment, remorse, faith, consolation, Colossians 1:24

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