Not All Good or All Bad
In a day when culture wars are polarizing people inside and outside the church, it was refreshing to read Tim Stafford’s balanced reporting of “The Therapeutic Revolution” [May 17].
There are dangers in substituting psychological techniques for dependence on the Holy Spirit, but there are also many ways in which Christian counseling can free us up to love one another more wholeheartedly.
It’s just too simplistic to say that psychology is either all good or all bad.
Yesterday I received in the same mail CT and U.S. News—each with a cover article on psychotherapy. Thanks for a timely look at this subject. I hope CT is considering follow-through pieces—perhaps a forum made up of Christians who have gone through therapy.
There cannot be “theologically sound” books from the psychology movement as the movement is based on fundamental doctrines laid down by Sigmund Freud. Karl Popper, Nobel laureate and internationally respected philosopher of science, has observed that the movement is decidedly pseudoscientific. He rightfully concluded that it lies in the same realm as astrology or Marxism. The theories can neither be proven true nor false, thus placing those theories outside of science and into mere speculation.
Freud knew and wrote that his theories and related practices stood in total opposition to Christianity. What a tragic day when the church adopts his theories but rejects this teaching!
Gary L. Almy, M.D.
Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Psychiatry
Edward J. Hines, Jr., Hospital
You are correct in saying that “the leadership in the psychology movement seems fundamentally in sync with Bible-belt belief and culture.”
Sadly, they have chosen to be in sync ...1
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