The chapter reviews the debate about the relationship between psychiatry and Christianity from a conceptual point of view. First, different approaches to the integration debate in the USA will be discussed. Then follows a brief analysis of the underlying epistemic and conceptual assumptions of the debate. A distinction will be introduced between different forms of knowing, especially between scientific and professional knowing. Then the focus will shift to the practical and societal context in which professional knowledge unfolds. I will introduce a so-called normative practice approach (NPA) to psychiatry and highlight how this approach may give another, new twist to the more classical integration debate.
|Title of host publication||Christianity and Psychiatry|
|Editors||H. Steven Moffic, John R. Peteet, Ahmed Hankir, Harold G. Koenig|
|Publisher||Springer Nature Switzerland AG|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|