Unity among division: dissociative identity disorder and the indwelling of the holy spirit

Harvey Cawdron*

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Abstract

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a mental disorder in which seemingly independent identities arise within the same body. It is a disorder that raises profound questions about our understandings of certain theological concepts and doctrines, especially if one can consider the different identities to be different persons. In this paper, I shall provide support for this claim by exploring the implications that Dissociative Identity Disorder can have for our understanding of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. After outlining two models of the indwelling that have been proposed in the contemporary analytic literature, I am going to explain the problem that Dissociative Identity Disorder seems to raise for these models. I will then consider various potential solutions and shall highlight which I find to be the most convincing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Disability and Religion
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date30 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Mental illness
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatry
  • Religion
  • Systematic theology

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