Boston College graduate Jessica Coblentz considers the realities of life with depression from a Christian theological perspective in her new book, Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression (Liturgical Press, 2022). In conversation with popular Christian theologies of depression that justify why this suffering exists and prescribe how people ought to relate to it, Coblentz offers another Christian approach to this condition: she reflects on depression as a wilderness experience. Weaving first-person narratives of depression, contemporary theologies of suffering, and ancient biblical tales of the wilderness, Coblentz argues for and contributes to an expansion of Christian ideas about what depression is, how God relates to it, and how Christians should understand and respond to depression in turn. Coblentz is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College in 2017. Listen to Coblentz discuss her book in this podcast from BYU.
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