Robin Parry scribbles the odd thought on various theological issues and books.
The Madness of Saint Paul
Some years ago I read an excellent book manuscript by Richard Dormandy for a study of 2 Corinthians called The Madness of Saint Paul. It was an academic volume arguing that in 2 Corinthians Paul was in the process of recovering from a severe mental breakdown. I found the book to be full of fascinating ideas — exegetically stimulating and innovative, theologically constructive, and pastorally beneficial. Sadly that book has never been published. However, Richard Dormany has recently published an accessible, short version of that manuscript. I have not read it yet but I am sure that it will be very interesting. It very much sounds like the kind of book that church leaders and Christian counsellors ought to read. Here is a flyer for the book. And here is a link for a website for the book.