Mad or God?
Imagine someone with a mind so healthy that he doesn’t need to see a psychiatrist. Ever.
Yet that person runs the gauntlet of taunting, mockery and false accusations. People turn against him. Friends disown and desert him. He stands alone.
Amazingly, two thousand years after his death, the taunts still fly. Films and books appear with fresh accusations and oh-so-convincing arguments.
How can this man be discredited and silenced for once and for all? More to the point, can he?
As psychiatrists, we need to speak up. Enough is enough.
Shadow us as we examine what we believe to be the most fascinating mind in all of history.
Dare you imagine a different reality? And what will this mean in practice?
Jesus had greater influence than any other person who ever lived. Yet atheistic detractors often portray him as insane or deranged. Claims gather momentum. Often they are left unchallenged.
Is there any basis for such claims? The authors, respected psychiatrists, consider Jesus's words, actions and teaching, and use fascinating insights from psychiatry to make an assessment.
We need confidence to weigh up the evidence and reach robust conclusions. The authors enable us to articulate a strong defence of Jesus's mental health. They help us dispel doubts, affirm our faith and present a captivating portrait of Jesus.
Foreword by John Lennox
Part 1 Showing that Jesus was not mentally ill
1 The mind of Christ through a psychiatrist's eye
2 Out of his mind - was Jesus psychotic?
3 A man of sorrows - did Jesus suffer from any other mental disorder?
Part 2 Showing that Jesus had a health mind, proved by the coherence of his words and deeds
4 The test of his character - and the crowds were amazed
5 The test of a consistent life - what evil has he done? I find no crime in him
6 The test of meaningful relationships - encounters that transformed lives
7 The test of adversity - lessons without words in suffering
8 The test of influence - his power to change people
Epilogue The test of his claims - who do you say I am?
'An important contribution to the evidence that Jesus is, as he claims to be, the incarnate Son of God. I am sure it will help to open many readers’ eyes to the wonder of the person of Christ, and refresh and renew their faith and strengthen their confidence in him.’
Professor John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, University of Oxford, and Fellow in Mathematics & the Philosophy of Science, Green Templeton College, Oxford
Mad or God? is a unique and unusual book about Jesus, written by two Christian psychiatrists. Taking into account Jesus’s mental state, consistency of life, character, and relationships as portrayed in the gospels, Martinez and Sims show that there is not only a lack of evidence that Jesus was ever mentally unwell, but that he should be considered to have had “the healthiest mind of all”. If it was ever too easy to dismiss the claims of Jesus on the grounds that he must have been mad, this book makes it difficult again. Don’t read it if you don’t want to take Jesus seriously!
Finally, a credible, psychological investigation into the mind of Christ. Not only do Pablo and Andrew provide a compelling apologetic for the diving sonship of Jesus they do much to compassionately educate the church about the nature of mental wellbeing. Through their understanding of Jesus mind and emotions the authors reveal a model of emotional discipleship that has long remained hidden from the Christian community. Their work will provide conviction, assurance and hope to many.
Fresh, arresting and helpful, Mad or God? is a highly original examination of the most challenging question posed to us as humans. Well worth reading and exploring.
A fresh and unconventional treatment of the ‘Mad, Bad or God’ trilemma, crafted by GK Chesterton (The Everlasting Man) and popularised by CS Lewis (Mere Christianity). This surprisingly touching book takes us on a fascinating journey into the psyche and character of Jesus of Nazareth. By looking at specific pathologies they have observed and treated as clinicians, the authors expose the lofty but non-specific ‘craziness’ allegations of the New Atheists as lazy and unfounded assertions. But, much more wonderfully, their investigation reveals the healthiest mind of the most attractive person ever to walk on planet earth- suggesting it would take more than a Jesus to invent this Jesus. It left this, reader, needing a quiet place to worship.
If the question of the sanity of Jesus holds you back then read this book. ‘Mad or God?’ provides insight that only professional psychiatrists can bring. Prepare to be taken on a journey.
What a wonderful fresh and refreshing treatment of the life and personality of Jesus Christ, the greatest individual and centrepiece of human history. This book demonstrates both the wholeness of Jesus Christ - God become man - and the reality that he brings wholeness to any individuals who put their trust in Him. Readers will find themselves irresistibly attracted to him in the pages of this book.
Two eminent psychiatrists, with a lifetime’s experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, apply their skills to the question of Jesus’ mental health with astounding conclusions. Drawing deeply on the Gospel accounts of Christ’s life and ministry they find not the slightest shadow of mental imbalance but a mind without parallel in history. The coherence of his discourse, the ethical richness of his teachings, the profound influence of his words and the depth of his relationships point to his true identity and explain his life-transforming power. A masterly blend of clinical wisdom, biblical exposition and personal testimony.
An important contribution to the evidence that Jesus is, as he claimed to be, the incarnate Son of God. I am sure it will help to open many readers' eyes to the wonder of the person of Christ, and refresh and renew their faith and strengthen their confidence in him.