Item description for Sacrament of Psychology: Psychology and Religion in the Postmodern American by Richard H. Cox...
Learn why the Church has gone out of the religion business. Discover why America's churhes are failing.
No doubt controversial, this is certainly a thought-provoking and challenging look at current practices of both Christian religion and modern psychology. As Peter wrote (I Peter 3:15) "Be always in readiness to make an answer to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is with you, yet with gentleness and reverence." It is with this in mind that author, Richard Cox, takes a close look at what has happened to the modern church and the role psychological practices play in the life of the church.
The thesis of the book, as John Allan Loftus, SJ, PhD (Regis College, University of Toronto) puts it, is a simple one: "The church has allowed itself to be overwhelmed with psychology. What others have called the 'superstition of materialism' ascribes all power and glory to science and its accomplishments. And the church has capitulated and lost its own identity by allowing (and often encouraging) the norms and diagnoses of contemporary psychology to replace the gospel."
Richard Cox pulls no punches and spares few "sacred cows" (in either psychology or theology) and his arguments are passionate. But be forewarned: this book is not for the faint-hearted pop-psychologist or armchair theologian. This is a book that will surely challenge your opinions and exercise your passions.
It is Cox's opinion that our current postmodern world tends glorify and give all power to the accomplishments of science. Little credit is given to faith or belief. While the most decorated and respected of scientists look toward elements of faith and belief in their own work, the Church, which ahs been the primary tabernacle of belief, has allowed itself to be overwhelmed with psychology. As Cox puts it, "When the church uses the language, philosophies, and assumptions of psychology, it has forsaken the religion business and has taken up the business of religion."
Learn what it is we really want and need from our churches. Discover that there are answers and the problems our churches face can be fixed.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Feb 27, 2002
Publisher Horsdal & Schubart Publishers,
ISBN 1929902158 ISBN13 9781929902156
Availability 0 units.
More About Richard H. Cox
Cox is the author of five books and a retired professor of political science at the State University Of New York at Buffalo.
Richard H. Cox currently resides in Buffalo, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sacrament of Psychology: Psychology and Religion in the Postmodern American?
A hard look at alternative salvations Jul 22, 2002
As in Dr. Cox's past books, he rings the bell again with Sacrament of Psychology. His experience and background in both theology and psychology allows him to move effortlessly - but mindfully - between both disciplines. An illuminating read for anyone who wants to turn a critical eye to our present cultural assumptions about the nature of the human being and our hope.
Sacrament of Psychology Apr 21, 2002
This is a book which should be read by theologians and psychologists although it is not too kind to either. The premise of the book is sound and could cause either theologians or psychologists to choose a defensive posture. However, if the book is read carefully one will see the quarrel is a lover's quarrel by one who believes either discipline could be better than it is. This is not an easy book to read and it needs a careful reading in order to get the full impact. Of course, I think I like the book because he underscores and highlights my own bias. I'm sure I will re-read it.
SACRAMENT ??? Maybe. Let's think about it !! Mar 6, 2002
You'll probably swing two ways (at least) before a firm opinion sets in. Keep the possibilities open -- a second reading after a reasonable time has elapsed could change your opinion. Are we really considering a church (a relatively small building with a congregation of friends almost all of whom we know) "THE" CHURCH (whatever big organization of which we are a small part) or just (me, myself, and how I relate to 'my' religion / theology)? Or all the above.?
Let your reaction be reactions. Let the ideas, new and old, stir and mix. As you consider the thoughts being presented, know that you will be more aware of a myriad of new possibilities in your life, and how you can use new ideas, the jargon, and the theology you choose to believe to guide yourself in appropriate living.
It's a complicated, challenging, book. You don't have to grasp all the meaning and subtlties at first reading.