Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 147–150 | Cite as

A Letter to Mom During CPE

  • Nathan Steven Carlin


This article is a fictional letter. A seminarian writes to his mother during his Clinical Pastoral Education internship at a mental hospital, and the letter raises a number of issues, including the nature of the Bible, the essence of salvation (and Hell), the role of evangelism, and the sexual dynamics of the counseling relationship. William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience is mentioned, and cultural questions regarding psychology are raised. There are other avenues to be explored, but the reader might start by reflecting on the issues noted.


depression Robert Dykstra William James Japanese culture sexuality and suicide 

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© Blanton-Peale Institute 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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