OCD and Christianity

“Dr. Osborn brings the lens of modern psychiatry to the life experience of Martin Luther, demonstrating the role of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in his beliefs, thinking, and scholarly works.”

— Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine. Editor-in-Chief, Books, American Psychiatric Association Publishing


“Part history, part religion, part OCD, this book is a fascinating read about one of the most influential thinkers in recorded history.”

— Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, NOCD, and member, Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards, International OCD Foundation


“Dr. Osborn uses his skills as a historian and OCD expert to provide the first comprehensive psychiatric study of Martin Luther since Erik Erikson’s Young Man Luther. Rather than leaning on outdated psychoanalytic concepts, Osborn employs modern psychiatric diagnostic criteria to demonstrate clearly and irrefutably that Luther suffered from clinical obsessions and compulsions during his early years. This is an important book for historians, clinicians, and anxiety sufferers alike.”

— Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center


“This book should be read by both believers and nonbelievers because it shows how the limitations of one’s personality can contribute to the genius of one’s being. . . His book is scholarly, yet reads like a novel.”

— Sally K. Severino, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, and past president of the American College of Psychoanalysts


“An essential read for Christians who are experiencing OCD.”

— Cherry Pedrick, coauthor of The OCD Workbook and Loving Someone with OCD


“I recommend this book to theologians, historians, mental health professionals, individuals with OCD, and all who have grappled with religious doubt.”

— C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., Founding Director, Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine