Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Haendschke

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 10:13; John 9: 41; Matthew 5: 23-24;


This paper is divided into four major sections. The first presents the nature of the illness from a personal and mec7icalperspective. This will be helpful in revealing to an interested pastor the symptoms of, the- illness. The second section deals with the illness from a theological perspective, especially in terms of how depression is influenced by the tension that exists between Law and Gospel. The third section deals with depression as a psychological illness and discusses how some schools of psychiatric medicine deal with the relationship between personal religious faith and psychological disorder. The fourth section considers how a pastor can best minister to a person who is experiencing the emotional war with the self, the war of depression.

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