Strange Email Du Jour

 Posted by on 19 September 2013 at 10:00 am  Mental Illness, Philosophy, Religion
Sep 192013

On Tuesday, I received an email that began as follows:

I am working with author Steven Colborne on the upcoming publication of his new book ‘Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion’ on the 16th September and I thought I would get in touch as thought this might be of interest to you as Steven is currently based in South West London.

Oh right, I’m going to be interested in a book because the author is “currently based in South West London.” REALLY?

Even better, check out the description of the book:

This is the second book from the author, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder. His first book ‘The Philosophy of a Mad Man’ was published in 2012 and documents his desperate search for spiritual enlightenment following the traumatic death of his mother to cancer. The journey ends with a ‘coming home’ to Christianity and the realisation that the quest for enlightenment rarely ends with finding it, but does often reveal what causes one to search for enlightenment in the first place.

Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion is the next stage in Steven’s journey. It was inspired by a third spell in a psychiatric hospital in 2011, during the completion of Steven’s postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College in London. During this time, Steven began to question his Christian faith and realised that it didn’t properly equate with his views and experiences of God.

Might I suggest that schizophrenia is a brain/mental disorder, not a ticket to insight into the nature of the universe?

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