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Dying of Despair and the Good News

Christians believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brings Good News to a troubled, anxious and despairing world whether it is 40 AD or 2017 AD. The message that there is a good and loving, a just and merciful God who cares for everything and everyone that he has made and who has acted to rescue everything and everyone from inevitable death and despair is literally a matter of life and death, here and in the hereafter. This conviction speaks to the picture of reality presented in a distressing article titled Dying of Despair by Aaron Kheriaty that appears in the August edition of First Things magazine. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.

Professor Kheriaty is concerned about the increase of depression as the most common serious medical and mental health disorder in the United States. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young…

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