The website for the Edinburgh International Book Festival has posted a panel discussion from last year’s event that explores religious beliefs, creative inspiration, and whether hearing “the voice of God” should be regarded as a symptom of mental illness.
“Throughout history, divine intervention has influenced great artists, thinkers and leaders, and the voice of God is a distinct and separate presence in the minds of many people today,” states the introduction to the hour-long discussion. “Author and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway leads this discussion with writer Sara Maitland and psychiatrist and theologian Chris Cook to explore how religious beliefs and creative inspiration define our consciousness. This event, recorded live at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival, was part of the Festival’s Conversations with Ourselves series of events presented in association with the University of Durham and with the support of the Wellcome Trust.”
Has Psychiatry Silenced God?(2014 Event)