Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #13

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Zechariah 7:9 which reads, “Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Francis Schaeffer. He said, “Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “In the Old Home” (Part 3):

Expert care for such an injury was hard to find at that time in southern Indiana, but it so happened that one of my grandfather’s former students had become a distinguished oculist. This man, Dr. Williams, lived in Cincinnati, and my grand- father wrote to him. He did this the more confidently in that Dr. Williams in his student days had been the central figure in a heated controversy and my grandfather had championed him. It seems that the faculty was having a party one evening at the home of Dr. James F. Dodds, and the president, in accordance with the custom on rainy days in that period, took off his boots and left them just outside the door. A group of students on the prowl spied those boots, placed them on a pole and executed a dance around them. This was regarded by a majority of the faculty as a serious affront, and an apology was demanded. Two of the students, one of them the future oculist, refused to apologize and were expelled. They went then to Asbury University, or De Pauw, as it is now called. It was to this man that I was sent in care of my grandmother. He was not able to save the sight of the eye. Its loss may have had an adverse effect upon my skill on the ballfield and the tennis court, but I have not been aware of the difference.

The visit to Cincinnati, the brief sojourn in Dr. Williams’s palatial home in the Walnut Hills section overlooking the river, and the three-week sojourn in Newport in the home of an aunt by marriage and her mother, Mrs. James Thompson, I can remember very well. The latter was a cousin of Professor Nathaniel Shaler, the geologist, whose mother lived just across the street.

For the remainder of the preschool period my memory is hazy. As nearly as I can recall, I spent much of my time playing with my blocks, daubing paint over Kate Greenaway girls, and drawing pictures of railway trains and engines. Even before I could read I took great delight in St. Nicholas, with its stories and pictures, Swiss Family Robinson was my favorite book.

So it came to pass that I was well past my eighth birthday at the time I entered the first grade at midyear. However, I had had some instruction from my father earlier, and school was easy for me. I was soon promoted to the second grade. Later on I skipped the fifth grade. Usually I ranked first or second in the class, a fact of which I was somewhat ashamed. At least in the higher grades I sensed the fact that the other boys did not approve of scholastic proficiency.

In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 4 of “In the Old Home.”


Now, if you have come across this podcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!