I've been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, trying to get a break from things.
I wanted to ask a question and see what you guys think.
This is a 3D spect scan of a normal brain, looking from the top down.
Here is the same view, but of the brain of a bipolar person.
Here is another bipolar patient.
How does this emerging arena of research fit into the broader Christian worldview about the relationship between the mind and body? Are these bipolar people who don't have properly functioning brains morally responsible for their actions? (The answer to that question has broad implications for litigation and prosecution.) If being bipolar has a genuine physiological component, what would be an appropriate response from the local church to the mentally ill and their families?
The biblical account of the mentally ill mostly represents them as being demonically afflicted. How should that factor into our worldview thinking about mental illness?
These are some of the questions on my mind. I'd love to hear your thoughts.