Psychosis or Mystical Religious Experience?

A New Paradigm Grounded in Psychology and Reformed Theology

  • Susan L.¬†DeHoff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Susan L. DeHoff
    Pages 93-135
  3. Susan L. DeHoff
    Pages 211-233
  4. Susan L. DeHoff
    Pages 235-237
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-248

About this book


This book presents a new paradigm for distinguishing psychotic and mystical religious experiences. In order to explore how Presbyterian pastors differentiate such events, Susan L. DeHoff draws from Reformed theology, psychological theory, and robust qualitative research. Following a conversation among multidisciplinary voices, she presents a new paradigm considering the similarities, differences, and possible overlap of psychotic and mystical religious experiences.


Religious psychology Pastoral psychology Pastoral counselling Calvinist theology Mental illness Psychosis Mental health Mystical religious experience Spiritual experience

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan L.¬†DeHoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBoston, MAUSA

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