American Protestantism in the Age of Psychology

American Protestantism in the Age of Psychology


Many have nervous that the ever present perform of psychology and psychotherapy in the US has corrupted spiritual religion, eroded civic advantage, and weakened neighborhood existence. yet an exam of the historical past of 3 significant psycho-spiritual activities considering the fact that international warfare II - Alcoholics nameless, The Salvation Army's outreach to homeless males, and the "clinical pastoral schooling" circulation - unearths the other. those teams built a pragmatic non secular psychology that nurtured religion, fellowship, and private accountability. They accomplished this via together with non secular traditions and non secular actions of their definition of treatment and by means of placing clergy and lay believers to paintings as therapists. lower than such care, non secular and emotional development strengthened one another. due to those techniques, the 3 events succeeded in attaining thousands of socially alienated and religiously disappointed american citizens. They proven that faith and psychology, even supposing antithetical in a few eyes, can be combined successfully to foster group, person accountability, and happier lives.

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