One day, while this book was still in preparation, I was chatting with a student who, amiably but not very discerningly, asked if it would be the first to appear in the psychiatry-religion area. In reply I pointed to two piles of books, each nearly two feet high, on a nearby table and suggested that he run his eye down over the titles. Here, I told him, was only a part of my personal collection of such books and added that there are many more which I do not possess.
The more pertinent question, therefore, is why should I, why should anyone, write yet another book in this area? The answer, to which the prospective’ reader is immediately entitled, is that this book is different—in a way which, at least crudely, can be quickly stated. The typical psychiatry-religion book, subtly or boldly, promises “peace of mind” to the reader on the premise that psychiatry is wonderful, religion is wonderful, put them together and you get something better still!
More accurately, the situation might be likened to that of two aging lovers who have married, each with the illusion that the other has “resources” which have been implied but, thus far, not concretely exhibited. The thesis of this collection of articles and lectures is that the honeymoon is now coming to an end and that crisis, not connubial bliss, is the term we need to describe the resulting situation.
This book contains, therefore, no “prescription for anxiety,” according to the familiar formula. Here we shall proceed on the assumption that our problems in this area are not purely “personal” but have instead broadly social, historical, scientific, and professional dimensions….
1. Some Philosophical Problems in Psychological Counseling
2. Chancing Conceptions of the Unconscious
3. Some Constructive Features of the Concept of Sin
4. “Sin’ The Lesser of Two Evils
5. Judgment and Suffering: Contrasting Views
6. The New Challenge to Our Churches and Seminaries: I. A Question of Theory
7. The New Challenge to Our Churches and Seminaries: II. The Problem of Action
8. Psychopathology and the Problem of Guilt, Confession, and Expiation
9. Psychotherapy and the Problem of Values in Historical Perspective or The Devil and Psychopathology
10. Psychology, Theolocy, and the Social Self
11. Protestant Christianity: I. Ambiguity and Disaster
12. Protestant Christianity: II. Challenge and Change
13. Footnotes to a Theory of Psychopatholocy
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